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SC: Bride burners must get death
R Sedhuraman
Our Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, June 1
The Supreme Court today observed that “barbaric acts” like men killing their wives by pouring kerosene and setting them ablaze could be checked only by awarding death penalty in such cases.

“We want to see people like you to be hanged. Then only such barbaric acts will stop,” a vacation Bench comprising Markandey Katju and Deepak Verma said while hearing a petition by a person from Haryana who has challenged his life sentence.

“This is happening on a large-scale. We are coming across a large number of such cases,” the Bench said, warning the petitioner that in fact it felt like issuing ‘notice for enhancement of punishment from life sentence to death penalty.’

The Bench pointed out that the victim had, in her dying declaration made in the presence of the doctor, stated that the accused had poured kerosene and set her on fire. “What else you need” to prove the crime, the Judges said, expressing their sentiment that “you should have been given death sentence.”

Counsel for the accused, Prem Kumar Gulati, sought to defend his client by stating that the victim was having illicit relations with her brother-in-law. The Judges said a regular Bench would hear the appeal after the summer vacation.

“If it (the case) comes before us, you will get death sentence,” the Bench clarified.

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