Court directs man to pay compensation in bigamy case

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (UNI) A Delhi court today directed a man, who was convicted for bigamy, to pay compensation to his wife after 37 years.

The local court ordered one Jagdish Prasad to give compensation to his first wife, Kailashwati, whom he had married in 1951.

Jagdish, 78, without divorcing his wife, married Harpyari in 1970. A case was filed against him for bigamy in 1971. A local court in 1991 had found Prasad guilty and sentenced him to three years rigorous imprisonment under Section 494 of IPC.

He had appealed against this order in the Sessions Court.

The court reduced his sentence from three years to one year and directed him to pay a compensation of Rs 25000 to Kailashwati, who had fought a marathon legal fight.

Harpyari died during the trial.


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