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Vismaya suicide case: Husband Kiran jailed for 10 years and fined Rs.12.55 Lakhs
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Vismaya suicide case: Husband Kiran jailed for 10 years and fined Rs.12.55 Lakhs

Published:24 May 2022

A court in Kerala on Tuesday sentenced to 10 years in jail under IPC 304 the husband of Vismaya, an Ayurveda medical student who hanged herself at her marital home in June last year, for dowry death.

Kollam (Kerala) | A court in Kerala on Tuesday sentenced to 10 years in jail under IPC 304 the husband of Vismaya, an Ayurveda medical student who hanged herself at her marital home in June last year, for dowry death.

Kollam First Additional District and Sessions Judge-1 K N Sujith also sentenced S Kiran Kumar to six years and two years imprisonment and a fine of fifty five thousand rupee for the offences of abetment to suicide and dowry harassment under the IPC 306 and 498A, Special Public Prosecutor G Mohanraj told reporters. The court said the sentences would run concurrently, the SPP said after the sentence was pronounced.

A total fine of Rs 12,55,000 was also imposed on Kumar, out of that Rs 2 lakh has been directed to be paid to the parents of the victim.

The SPP said he was satisfied with the sentence awarded to the convict. However, the victim's mother, who appeared disheartened, said she was not happy with the outcome as she had expected the convict would get life term.Addressing media at her residence, she said the family would appeal against the sentencing and that she does not believe her daughter got justice.She also said that they would be continuing their efforts for action against the others who were allegedly responsible for Vismaya's suicide.Vismaya's father, on the other hand, told reporters outside the court that he was happy with the punishment given to Kumar.He said he as well as his daughter have got justice and that the punishment was also a message to society.He also said he had not expected that life term would be given to Kumar.Whether to appeal or not would be decided after discussing it with the SPP.The court order came after hearing arguments on behalf of the prosecution and the convict on the quantum of sentence.Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) G Mohanraj, in his arguments, sought the maximum possible punishment for the convict so that it acts as a deterrent in society.The convict's lawyers sought a compassionate view from the court claiming that he is the sole earner in the family and that his parents were suffering from various ailments.

Ahead of the verdict in the Vismaya case:  The court proceedings began at 11am. Asked if he had anything to say; the defendant Kiran Kumar told the court about the situation at home. 

He told the court that his ‘Dad has memory loss, Mom is sick, no one else to look after his father and there is a possibility of an accident. Mother is also ill; she is diabetic and has rheumatism and high blood pressure’. Kiran told that it is his responsibility to look after his parents. Defendant asked the court to consider Kiran’s age and not to sentence him to life imprisonment. 
But the prosecution demanded maximum punishment in the case. Vismaya’s suicide is tantamount to murder. The case is not against the individual. Judgment should be a message to society. The prosecution told the court that the verdict is being noticed across the country. Defendant, the then government servant and has better education, stomped on the face of Vismaya and has no regret even now. The law-abiding government official himself was asking for and buying dowry and cruelly abused Vismaya, prosecution repeated.

Earlier in the day, Vismaya's father left for court in the car which was given as dowry.He told scribes outside his home that his daughter loved the car and he believes her soul is there with him in the vehicle.The court on Monday had convicted Kumar for the offences of dowry death (section 304B), abetment of suicide (section 306) and dowry related harassment (section 498A) under the IPC and various provisions of the Dowry Prohibition Act.The offence of dowry death under section 304B of IPC carries a minimum sentence of seven years and a maximum of life imprisonment.The offences of dowry harassment under Section 498A of IPC and abetment to suicide under Section 306 of IPC carry a maximum punishment of three years and 10 years jail term, respectively.Kumar, who was an assistant motor vehicle inspector, was dismissed from service after his arrest in the case and state Transport Minister Antony Raju on Monday had said that there will be no change in that irrespective of whether the court convicts him or not.However, with his conviction, the bail granted to him by the Supreme Court was automatically rescinded and the police had taken him into custody from the court.

The court had on May 17 reserved its verdict in the case.Kerala Police in its over 500-page charge sheet had said that Vismaya committed suicide due to dowry harassment.Vismaya, 22, was found dead in the house of her husband at Sasthamkotta in Kollam district on June 21, 2021.A day before the incident, Vismaya had sent WhatsApp messages to her relatives over the alleged harassment by Kumar over dowry, as well as photos of wounds and marks of beatings on her body.Her father had said that 100 sovereigns of gold (one sovereign is equal to 8 grams gold) and over one acre land, besides a car worth Rs 10 lakh was given as dowry to Kumar during the wedding in 2020.But Kumar did not like the car and wanted Rs 10 lakh in cash. As he was told it was not possible, he used to torture her, the father had said. 

 


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