Man gets 3 years for abetting wife’s suicide

A court in Thane has sentenced a 40-year-old businessman to three years of rigorous imprisonment for abetting the suicide of his wife in 2012.

District Judge R.V. Tamhanekar convicted Pravin Shetty, a resident of Kharigaon-Kalwa area, and awarded the sentence, on Wednesday. The court, however, acquitted three others, including Shetty’s brother and sister.

Prosecutor Rekha Hiwrale said the accused, who married Kirti (30) in May 2012, used to come home drunk and torture her physically and mentally. Kirti used to complain to her parents about this frequently. However, her parents would tell her to adjust as they were newly-married. Theyalso asked Shetty not to harass her.

On July 29 2012, Kirti told her parents that it was impossible for her to live with her husband as he continued to harass her under the influence of liquor and suspected her character. On the same day, her parents got a call from the accused saying his wife had left the house abruptly. The next day, they received information from Thane Railway Police that a woman had committed suicide on the railway tracks at Kalwa. The woman was later identified as Kirti.

A case was registered against Shetty and three others under IPC Sections 498 A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 306 (abetment of suicide) and 406 (criminal breach of trust).

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