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Four of family sent to prison for burning woman alive

“The guilty should have been hanged to death instead of just imprisonment.”

Statesman News Service | Siliguri |

A court in Siliguri sentenced four members of a family to prison for burning alive a woman in 2013.

According to a lawyer, Arati Mondal was married on 20 April, 2013 to Lalit Mondal, a resident of Matigara in Siliguri, but the family members, including the husband, used to torture her, demanding dowry.

On 4 September, police recovered the charred body of Mondal. Investigations revealed that she was burnt alive by family members, and family members were found guilty in the case.

“Police arrested them and the court convicted them after finding them guilty and today sent the husband to 13 years in jail, while the other family members were sent behind bars for 10 years,” court sources said.

Along with Lalit Mondal, the others found guilty are his father Suresh Mondal, mother Asha Devi Mondal and brother Amar Deep Mondal.

“The accused family members were booked for subjecting a woman to cruelty (IPC 498 (A), Dowry death (IPC 304(B), and Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (IPC 34)”, a lawyer at the Siliguri Court, Amitav Mukherjee, said.The case was heard in the additional sessions judge first court, Siliguri, while the judge hearing the case was Dr Maumita Bhattacharya.

Meanwhile, the father of the victim, expressed unhappiness at the quantum of punishment handed down to the guilty. “The guilty should have been hanged to death instead of just imprisonment,” he said.