Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 14
A father, who killed his month-old daughter in a fit of rage, will walk free after spending less than two years in jail after he entered into a compromise with his wife.
“It is an unfortunate case in which the father was convicted and sentenced for killing his infant child. As per allegations, he had thrown the child on the ground resulting in injuries and her ultimate death,” the Punjab and Haryana High Court asserted while reducing the sentence to the period already undergone.
Convicted by Fatehgarh Sahib Sessions Judge for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 Part II of the Indian Penal Code, Tejinder Singh was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for five years and fined Rs 5,000.
The prosecution had claimed that the complainant-wife had married the appellant about one and a half years before the incident, which took place on November 14, 2012. At the time, the daughter was just one-and-a-half-month old.
The prosecution had claimed that the appellant would beat his wife. Just two days before Diwali, she was again thrashed, following which her mother, accompanied by her second daughter, came to the appellant’s house.
The complainant’s mother enquired about the beatings before asking her daughter to leave. The complainant picked up her daughter to accompany her mother and sister, but her mother-in-law intervened and locked the main gate.
The appellant, meanwhile, snatched his daughter from the complainant and took her inside. She followed him to the room, at which he threw the infant on the floor resulting in head injuries, following which she became unconscious. The complainant, her mother and sister took the infant to Mandi Gobindgarh, where the doctor referred her to the PGI, Chandigarh. But she died on the way.
Appearing before the Bench, counsel for the appellant did not challenge the conviction and sentence awarded to the appellant on merit, but requested for a lenient view. “The appellant has already undergone actual sentence of one year, 10 months and 11 days and two years, two months and 26 days with remissions. Keeping in view the factum of compromise between the parties, a lenient view may be taken qua quantum of sentence, which may be reduced to the sentence already undergone by the appellant,” the High Court asserted.