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SC: Suicide is not an unusual option for lovers who are threatened with Honour Crimes from families

  • The Apex Court in the recent matter of Satish Nirankari v. the State of Rajasthan while acquitting the appellant from the charges of murder observed that the threat of honour crimes from the families can force lovers to choose suicide as the only option. If in the process one survived and tried to seek help for himself and the deceased, as in the present case, he cannot be held guilty of murder.

    In the present matter, two lovers, Satish Nirankari and Pooja, belonging to different caste decided to end their lives by consuming poison because of parental opposition to their marriage. In the suicide attempt, while Pooja died, Satish survived. Both the trial court and High Court held that Satish was guilty of murdering Pooja on the premise that Pooja had changed her mind to marry him and it was he who forced her to commit suicide.  

    In 2007, Satish filed a criminal appeal against his conviction which was finally allowed by Supreme Court bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on 9th June.

    The bench held “It also happens in love that when a man is not able to get a girl which he wants, he may go to the extent of killing her as he does not want to see her alliance with any other person. This might be the motive in the mind of the appellant. However, whether events turned in this way is anybody’s guess as no evidence of this nature has surfaced. It is not even possible for the prosecution to state any such things as whatever actually happened was only known to two persons, one of whom is dead and other is in dock.”     

    The Supreme Court has reversed judgment passed by the High Court and trial court by freeing Satish from all the charges.


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