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A woman, accused of abetting the suicide of her husband who was found dead on a railway track nine years ago, has been acquitted by a Delhi court which said there was no evidence that she had provoked him to take the extreme step.
Allegations that the Noida resident, who had been married to the man for 20 years and was his second wife, would beat him, threaten him and had made his life a living hell were not sufficient to hold her guilty of the offence of abetting his suicide, the court said.
"It is nowhere in the evidence that the accused (woman) committed any act which was the proximate cause of the suicide by the deceased (man) nor the accused was, admittedly, present at the spot where the suicide was committed," District Judge Rakesh Tiwari said while acquitting the Noida resident earlier this month.
The case was lodged in 2008 on the complaint of the man's son from his first wife. The woman, in turn, blamed the son for his suicide saying he wanted property.
The body of the man, who was working as a superintendent in Custom and Central Excise Department, was found on a railway track in east Delhi's Preet Vihar on April 3, 2008.
The court also said that from the contents of the man's suicide note and the complaint lodged by his son, it cannot be said that the woman had provoked him to commit suicide. There was no material on record to show that ingredients of offence of abetment stands proved.
The man had married the woman after the death of his first wife and was living with her in Noida. The man's son had alleged that the woman threatened and beat his father who was fed up of her cruel behaviour.
He also said that she was having an affair with her landlord. When his father got to know about it, he left the house and started living with him in Mandawali area in east Delhi, the son alleged.
In the suicide note purportedly written by the man, he had blamed the woman responsible for his suicide.
During the trial, the woman had denied the allegations levelled against her. She claimed that her husband had been living with her for 20 years and there were no problems ther than minor altercations.
She also said her husband's son had insisted that he stay with his family for few days. Thereafter, the man executed a will in his son's favour, giving him the entire property and other benefits.
There were frequent fights between father and son, she alleged. He wanted to change his will and it was the complainant who made the victim take the extreme step of ending his life.
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