A local court in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur has awarded a death sentence to a man who brutally killed his mother for two kanals of land, and termed the crime as the gravest case of breach of trust.
Principal Sessions Judge Udhampur Haq Nawaz Zargar awarded the death sentence to Jeet Singh, son of Krishan Singh, caste Thakur, resident of Rassain Tehsil Ramnagar, for killing his mother Vaishno Devi, in 2014.
The court observed that the convict was in full senses when he killed his mother with an axe for 2 kanals of land. “It was the gravest case of breach of trust where crime has been committed in a most brutal manner by the convict and the deceased was none other than the one who had given birth to the convict,” the judge said.
It is clear that the instant crime has been committed for the reason that the convict was demanding two kanals of land from the deceased besides asking her to reside with the other son Mulakh Raj, the court said, adding, “these crimes besides being antisocial shake the very conscience of society where the relation of mothers are taken on the highest pedestal on the moral as well as religious grounds,” the court observed.
The court observed, “Killing one’s own mother is the most sacrilegious act and it definitely hits the very existence of humanity where the mothers are being recognized none less than God for having been blessed with the capacity to conceive and to give birth to the young ones, symbolizing the power of God of creating this universe and furthermore plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of her kids, who, being the first teacher of the child.”
It is to be noted here that the convict had also attempted to kill his wife when she intervened and tried to save the deceased from the brutal attacks of the convict.
The court further observed that in the instant case, the convict Jeet Singh has been convicted under section 302, 307 RPC and 4/25 Arms Act. “This court hardly finds any mitigating circumstance in favour of the convict. In view of the discussion made herein above and on the facts and circumstances of the case, the convict namely Jeet Singh has been awarded rigorous imprisonment for 10 years and a fine of Rs. 3000 for the commission of offence under section 307 RPC.”
“The convict (shall be) sentenced to death for the commission of offence under section 302 RPC and he shall be hanged by the neck till he is dead and for the commission of offence under section 4/25 Arms Act, the convict is sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment of 03 years and fine of Rs 2000),” the judgment reads. “In case of failure to pay the fine, he shall further undergo rigorous imprisonment for one month. All the sentences shall run concurrently.”
As per the prosecution story, on 7 December 2014, at about 1730 hours, information was received at the Police Station from reliable sources that accused Jeet Singh of the criminal intention has murdered his mother Vaishno Devi with Iron Toka (Darat) at his house and when his wife Santosh Devi tried to rescue her, the accused also made a murderous assault upon her due to which she got seriously injured and the dead body of the deceased is lying on spot in a pool of blood, etc.
On the said information, police station Ramnagar registered a case vide FIR No.125/2014 for the commission of offences under sections 302/307 RPC and the investigation was ensued by SHO Deepak Pathania. (KNO