New Delhi: In a befitting punishment of a shocking incident reported from the national capital, a 36-year-old woman was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court for allegedly killing her minor kids.
As per the reports, the woman was sentenced to life imprisonment as there was no record of her being mentally unstable at the time of the incident. Awarding the jail term to the accused identified as Sonali Sachdev the additional sessions judge Rakesh Kumar-II said, “Two valuable lives have been lost, the case did not fall in the category of rarest of rare."
"All the defense witnesses deposed about her mental condition from the date she was admitted in Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) but there is no record to establish that she was mentally unstable at the time of occurrence. Thus, the defense evidence led by the accused is of no help to her," the court said while convicting her.
As per the official reports the accused has been held guilty and has been charged for the offence under sections 302 (murder)/309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the IPC.
Police, reached Sonali's Tilak Nagar house in west Delhi after they received a call in March 2010 that somebody had committed suicide and found her husband Pramod and two children dead and the woman unconscious.
As per sources the deceased identified as Pramod, who was worried about the admission of their daughter in school, committed suicide. Sonali, after finding her husband dead, also tried to end her life as well as that of her children.
It said that she strangulated her kids with a pillow and tried to end her life by consuming sleeping pills, hanging herself and cutting her veins. All of them were taken to a hospital where Pramod and the two minors were declared dead while the woman underwent treatment.
During trial, she claimed innocence and led evidence in support of her defense.
She sought leniency in sentence saying she was a widow and has remained in jail from March, 2010 till July, 2012 and claimed that the case did not fall in the category of rarest of rare.
The prosecutor, however, said no leniency should be shown to the woman as she had murdered her minor son and daughter and did not care about her relation with the kids.