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Bantwal: Murder of woman – HC confirms life term for husband and mother-in-law

Daijiworld Media Network - Bantwal (SP)

Bantwal, Jan 9: The Karnataka high court (HC), through a verdict delivered on Tuesday January 8,       confirmed life term awarded to accused in the murder of woman at Vittal in the taluk in the year 2011. The case is known as Saraswati murder case.

Raveesh, husband of the victim, Saraswati, and his mother, Parvati, had pleaded with the high court to annul the judgement delivered by the first additional district and sessions court at Mangaluru. The subordinate court had awarded life sentence to both the accused. The high court division bench comprising Justice K N Phaneendra and Justice B A Patil upheld the judgement of the lower court and dismissed the appeal filed by the two held guilty by the sessions court.

Raveesh from Vittal had suspicion about the character of his wife, Saraswati. He had discussed this issue with his mother, Parvati. Parvati had suggested to him to murder Saraswati. The two had together planned the murder and executed it on February 17, 2011. Vittal police, who investigated the case, had filed chargesheet in the court.

Son of the couple, Lohitashwa, who was nine years old when the murder happened, had adduced evidence in the case and identified his own father and grandmother as the murderers of his mother. During the police questioning, he told them that his father and grandmother had hacked his mother in the front hall of the house with a sickle to death. The first additional district and sessions court at Mangaluru had relied on this evidence in deciding the case. The division bench of the high court too said that the evidence of Lohitashwa was reliable, before upholding the sentence.


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  • FLORA D'SOUZA, Kalmady - Jerimeri (Mumbai)

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    Right decision by the Court. Cruel M-I-L and husband in front of her own son murdered her. Its unforgettable for this small kid, a 9 years old son. Let us pray for this son that he should lead a good life. Sympathy to him and may Saraswati's soul rest in peace.

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  • Maria, Moodbidri

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    It may be terrible for this little boy to watch the mother getting murdered by his own trusted people. And then stand as a witness in the court. May God bless & protect this boy always.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    What type of are these people?In front of a only nine year old son a child ,to murder his mother so badly,in a barbaric way?The old woman had no heart and feelings?can only say.Put both of them in a burning hell.or put both of them together in a hole and cover with mud .I am sure the child is psychologically disturbed and will never forget this event till his lifes end.Heartfelt sympathy to the boy.Poor woman ,may her soul rest in peace.

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  • Robert D., Qatar/Mulki

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Although their own son was the live witness, still they moved the high court to hide the truth and come out from jail. Now multiply their life imprisonment by 2 that is 28 years. If they want to go to Supreme court and there also Supreme Court upholds the lower courts verdict then multiply by three as 42 years. Like this save the higher courts time.

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  • Ayub malpe, Bahrain

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Feeling pity for the boy, May God bless him .

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    I salute, son of the deceased, Lohitashwa who was 9 years old then for giving evidence, for not buckling under pressure and helping in giving justice to his deceased mother.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Good decision.

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