A man was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court for brutally killing his wife to death by stabbing her 21 times with a knife and hitting with a brick. The convict stabbed the victim 21 times with a knife before hitting her with a brick during a quarrel.
"To say the least, we find that instant case is of brutal murder and not of "culpable homicide not amounting to murder".
The bench of justices Sunil Gaur and Pratibha Singh upheld the trial court's conviction of Devender Dass while dismissing his plea against the life sentence.
The bench said the man had acted in a "cruel manner" in brutally assaulting his wife without any provocation. The incident was reported by the man's landlord, who called the police and reported the incident.
The counsel argued the offence committed by Dass would come under the purview of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Urging HC to consider the circumstances and the fact that he has to support his minor children, the amicus said his punishment should be reduced to the period already undergone by him. The court noted that the assault on the woman's head was so brutal that it resulted in fracture of underlying skull bone. "It is quite evident that Dass had brutally assaulted his wife". So, in our opinion, in the instant case, it can not be said that the offence committed by Dass is "culpable homicide not amounting to murder'". The assault on the woman's head was "so brutal" that it resulted in fracture of underlying skull bone.