A quick-track courtroom in Haryana’s Faridabad on Friday sentenced two males to life imprisonment for the homicide of Nikita Tomar, who was shot outdoors her school final 12 months.
Soon after the courtroom pronounced the quantum of punishment, Haryana’s Home Minister Anil Vij informed PTI that the state authorities will file an enchantment earlier than the excessive courtroom, searching for the loss of life sentence for the 2 males.
Apart from awarding the life sentence to convicts Tausif and Rehan below part 302 (homicide) and a fantastic of Rs 20,000, the courtroom additionally sentenced them to 5 years’ imprisonment and Rs 2,000 as fantastic below part 366/34 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code, defence counsel Adal Singh Rawat mentioned.
Tausif was additionally sentenced to 4 years in jail below the Arms Act. “All sentences will run concurrently,” he informed PTI.
Faridabad Additional District and Sessions Judge Sartaj Baswana convicted the 2 males within the case on Wednesday, lower than 4 months after the trial started on December 1. A 3rd accused, Azharuddin, was acquitted.
Tausif was attempting to drive the coed into marrying him, police had earlier mentioned.
Amid outrage over the homicide, which was caught on digicam, Mr Vij had linked it to “love jihad”, a reference to right-wing allegations that marriages are getting used to fraudulently convert Hindu ladies.
In his reply to a calling consideration movement on the homicide, he informed the state meeting in November 2020 that the federal government was planning to carry a Bill to sort out “love jihad”.
Reacting to the courtroom verdict, the minister mentioned, “We will study the judgment. We will file an appeal before the high court so that the convicts get capital punishment.”
Defence counsel Rawat mentioned Nikita Tomar’s household will even file an enchantment earlier than the excessive courtroom.
On October 26, the final-year B.Com pupil had stepped out of her school in Faridabad’s Ballabhgarh after an examination when Tausif confronted her, attempting to drive her right into a automobile, police had mentioned.
The two accused had been later arrested on the idea of CCTV footage. The Faridabad police filed a 700-page chargesheet earlier than the courtroom on November 6.
“There should be a strong deterrence so that no one else will dare to commit such a crime in future,” her father Moolchand Tomar had mentioned earlier.
“We want the culprits hanged. Nikita sacrificed her life against love jihad,” he had mentioned.