Honour killing: Court awards death to five members of family

The 'Shia' girl had married the brother of the victim, who belonged to 'Sunni' sect, against the wishes of her family.

Terming the case as the "rarest of rare", Additional Sessions Judge Bimla Kumari awarded death penalty to walled city-based Mohammed Saleem, Shaheen Abbas, Sajid Wasim, Shaheen Zargam Ali and Shabbir Kasim, for murdering Tariq, the brother of Sadiq with whom the girl had married.

"In the present case, the prosecution has successfully proved the motive behind the murder of deceased Tariq, which was the love marriage between the girl and Sadiq. Thus, the case of prosecution falls under the category of honour killing.

"Since honour killing comes in the category of rarest of rare cases as held by the Supreme Court, I have no option but to award the death sentence to all accused in respect of the offence under section 302 (murder) read with section 34 (common intention) of the IPC," the judge said.

The court held all the accused guilty of murdering Tariq in July 2008 in Ballimaran locality as a sequel to the enmity which had developed after the couple had married.

The judge noted that on account of "cultural differences in both the sects, 'Shias' and 'Sunnis', they do not prefer inter-se marriages."

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