Man gets lifer in dowry case

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Mumbai, Aug 2 (UNI) A local court today sentenced a 30-year-old man to life imprisonment for killing his wife in a dowry case of 2006.

Pronoucing the judgement here, Additional Sessions Judge A A Kulkarni held Navin Jain guilty of harassing and killing his wife Mamta for dowry. He was awarded the life imprisonment under sections 302 (murder) and 498 (a)(dowry) of Indian Penal Code.

Justice Kulkarni, however, acquitted the deceased's mother-in-law Himatdevi, father-in-law Gautamlal and brothers-in-law Jitendra and Mukesh for lack of evidence.

According to prosecution, Navin married Mamta Jain (23) on June 23, 2005. A day after their wedding, Himatdevi Jain started demanding dowry, though Mamta's family had given considerable money to the Jains.

Mamta had informed her parents about the harassment by Navin and his relatives for dowry. She had also told them that she would leave her husband if the harassment continued.

On May 10, 2006, Mamta's mother received a call from the Jains, saying she had committed suicide by hanging herself. It was then that the deceased's parents registered a complaint with police.

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