Honour killing: Five awarded death sentence

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 08, 2011 16:54 hrs

New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced five people to death in a 2008 honour killing case. Additional Sessions Judge Bimla Kumari awarded the death sentence to Mohammad Saleem, Shaheen Abbas, Shahid Wasim, Shaheen Zargam Ali and Sabbir Kasim holding them guilty of murder and also imposed a fine of Rs.20,000 on each.

'The case of the prosecution falls under the category of honour killing and since honour killing comes in the category of rarest of rare cases... I have no option but to award the death sentence to all the convicts,' the court said while pronouncing the order Thursday.

The convicts killed Tariq in Chandni Chowk in central Delhi July 7, 2008 after his brother Sadiq married his lover Rubina, who was from a different community.

Barring Kasim, the court also held the convicts guilty under the Arms Act and fined them Rs.5,000.

According to the prosecution, Rubina, who belonged to the Shia community, had a love marriage with Sadiq, from the Sunni community, against the wishes of her family. This resulted in enmity between their families.

When the girl's family came to know about the lovers whereabouts, they separated them and forcibly took Sadiq to Chandni Chowk. Sadiq's brothers Tariq and Tayyab also followed them.

At Chandni Chowk, where other convicts were also present, the two families tried to resolve the matter but on their way back home, the convicts opened fire on Tariq and others.

Tariq died on way to hospital while Tayyab suffered injuries, the prosecution said.

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