Aizawl: A district court in Mizoram on Thursday sentenced a 39-year-old woman to life imprisonment for killing her husband in cold blood.

Additional district and session judge of Aizawl Judicial District H.T.C.  Lalrinchhana convicted Mary Zothansangi, a resident of Kulikawn in Aizawl, and sentenced her under two charges – Section 302 of the IPC (murder) and Section 6 (2) r/w 5 (2) of Mizoram Liquor Prohibition (MLP) Act, 2019, to undergo five months of imprisonment followed by lifetime imprisonment for killing her husband with a knife on December 9 last year.

The district court also slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh against the convict under Section 302 IPC, failing in which she would undergo additional one year of imprisonment.

Under the MLP Act, the convict was sentence to undergo five months’ imprisonment with a fine of Rs 4,000 for consuming liquor without licence at the time of occurrence of the crime.

She will undergo another two months imprisonment, if she fails to pay Rs 4000, the court has ruled.

Zothansangi was arrested in December last year after she murdered her husband Laltanpuia, who was a doctor, in their bedroom.

The incident occurred on the night of December 9 when the husband-wife duo had a dispute over selling of their plantations. In a fit of rage, Zothansangi, who was under some alcoholic influence and armed with a knife, stabbed her husband to death.

The duo has three children.

Zothansangi will first serve the sentence (five months imprisonment and Rs 4,000 fine) under the MLP Act before undergoing life imprisonment under Section 302 of IPC , it said.

However, the period of detention of the offender which she already undergone (if any) during investigation or trial shall be set off as enjoined by section 428 of Criminal Procedure Code, it said.

The court added that despite the crime committed by the convict being very peculiar, death sentence is not suitable to inflict for her reformation and revitalization in terms of social, spiritual, emotion, and philanthropy, as she is a woman and of a young age.

Meanwhile, the district court also asked the state government to give compensation to the legal heirs (three minor children) of the deceased as per the procedure laid down in Mizoram Victims of Crime Compensation Scheme, 2011.

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