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January 9, 2019

Karnataka High Court upholds life term to dad, grandma based on boy’s testimony


Bengaluru, Jan 9: The high court on Tuesday confirmed the life sentence imposed on a 62-year-old woman and her son for murdering her daughter-in-law after taking into account her nine-year-old grandson’s “unwavering evidence” given five years after the incident.

A division bench headed by Justice KN Phaneendra dismissed the criminal appealfiled by Parvathi and her son Ravish, 45, residents of Bantwal taluk in Dakshina Kannada.

Rohitashwa was studying in class 4 when he submitted evidence in the court. He said his ajji (grandmother) and appa (father) had killed his mother on that fateful morning of February 17, 2011. Only four years old when Saraswathi was hacked to death by his grandmother and father with sickles, Rohitashwa was the sole witness to the murder. Based on a complaint by Saraswathi’s father, police had arrested both the mother and son.

On August 12, 2016, the first additional district and sessions judge, Dakshina Kannada, sentenced the duo to life imprisonment for murder and imposed fine of Rs 5,000. A direction was also issued to the district legal services committee to take measures to ensure a better future for the boy.

Ravish and Parvathi had quarrels with Saraswathi over property. While the mother and son were labourers, Saraswathi rolled beedis.

Karnataka High Court upholds life term to dad, grandma based on boy’s testimony


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