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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

HONOUR KILLINGS: Plea against lower jail term fails!

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J. Venkatesan, The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 2, 2011.

18 years have passed since offence committed under ‘grave, sudden provocation'
The Supreme Court has rejected the Punjab government's plea to enhance the sentence of five-year jail imposed on three persons in a May 1993 case of ‘honour killings.'
A Bench of Justices V.S. Sirpurkar and T.S. Thakur dismissed the appeal against the Punjab and Haryana High Court judgment reducing life term to five-year imprisonment imposed on Nishan Singh and his two brothers for killing their sister Paramjit Kaur and her boyfriend Gurnam Singh on seeing them in a compromising position.
‘Sudden provocation'
The Bench said it was obvious that there was sexual intercourse and the accused had killed Paramjit and Gurnam in a fit of rage. “We do not find any reason to differ with the conclusion arrived at by the High Court that the offence was committed under a grave and sudden provocation and would fall under the first explanation to Section 300 IPC and would amount to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.”
‘Amounts to honour killing'

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