Honour killings: Court awards death sentence to five, life-term for leader

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Karnal (Haryana), Mar 30 (ANI): In a landmark judgement, the Karnal sessions court on Tuesday awarded death sentence to the five accused and life-term to the leader of the Khap Panchayat for murder of a newly married couple.

Last week, in a historic judgement, the court had delivered a guilty verdict against the six members on charges of kidnapping and murdering Manoj and Babli.

The Khap Panchayat members had killed the two for they married against their will.

The court had earlier on Monday after recording the statements of all the accused deferred the hearing for Tuesday.

Babli's brother Suresh, her uncles, Rajender and Baru Ram, her cousins, Gurdev and Satish, and village strongman, Ganga Raj, were declared guilty of the murders that took place in June 2007. (ANI)

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