JAMMU, May 30: Principal Sessions Judge Kathua Sanjeev Gupta today awarded rigorous life-imprisonment and fine of Rs 20,000 to Mohinder Kumar son of Late Tara Chand of Galak (Jasial), Tehsil Billawar, district Kathua, who was facing trial in murder of his wife Pinky Devi for dowry.
The Judge also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for providing financial assistance to the family of victim, which shall be paid within one month by the Member Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir State Legal Services Authority.
“Keeping in view the poor status of the family of victim, which must have undergone trauma due to barbaric murder of deceased at the hands of convict, State should be burdened to provide monetary assistance to the family of victim out of its own funds, because it is the protector of life and property of its citizens being their custodian,” Judge Sanjeev Gupta observed.
After hearing Public Prosecutor B B Sharma for the State and Advocate K B Mahajan for the accused, Judge Sanjeev Gupta observed that while imposing sentence, it is obligatory on the part of the court to see the impact of the offence on the society as a whole and its ramifications on the immediate collective as well as its repercussions on the family of the victim. “The awarding of life sentence is a rule and death is an exception. The application of the ‘rarest of the rare’ case principle is dependent upon and differs from case to case,” the court observed while awards rigorous life-imprisonment and fine of Rs 20,000/-.