KERALA MAN WHO KILLED WIFE USING COBRA GETS DOUBLE LIFE IMPRISONMENT

Kollam Sessions Court on Wednesday pronounced 17 years in jail and additional double imprisonment for Suraj, who killed his wife Uthara using a venomous cobra. The verdict was arrived at considering the case as the rarest of the rare. The court had found Suraj guilty of murder on Monday this week.

The prosecution argued for death penalty, but the chances for reformation and lack of any criminal history worked in his favour. With this verdict in Suraj’s case, the debate on death penalty has reignited in Kerala. Uthara’s mother said she is disappointed as she expected justice for her daughter and that death penalty was the appropriate punishment. “A man who planned his wife’s murder soon after a failed first attempt does not deserve anything less than a death penalty”, said Uthara’s brother, in a  prime time TV show.

Uthara’s mother said that the loopholes in the law have been giving space for criminals like Suraj to grow.

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