MLA, husband get 10-year jail for abetting maid's suicide

MLA, husband get 10-year jail for abetting maid's suicide

BJP legislator Asharani and her husband and former MLA Ashok Veer Vikram Singh, alias Bhaiya Raja, along with four others were sentenced to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment on Thursday by a local court for abetting their domestic help’s suicide.

The maid Tijjibai committed suicide by setting herself afire on May 21, 2007, at Bhaiya Raja’s Kolar Road residence here, sources from prosecutionsaid.

The former MLA exploited her physically while his wife and sitting MLA from Bijawar used to beat and keep her without salary, the prosecution said. They also did not allow her to meet anyone.

Additional Sessions Judge Sayeeda Bano Rahman also imposed a fine of Rs 51,000 each on the couple.

The sentence was awarded under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Besides, the court also awarded ten-year sentence to Kanhaiyalal,75, Narmada Pathak,35, Nijaji Dhimar, 50 and Gopal Thakur, 63 for helping the duo to commit the crime.

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