Hyderabad man gets lifer for killing wife for more dowry

Kavitha and Sudhakar had a happy life for a year after their marriage

Pidugu Sudhakar

HYDERABAD: The Principal District Sessions Court (PDG) Judge V. Bala Bhaskara Rao on Monday sentenced accused Pidugu Sudhakar to life imprisonment and imposed a Rs 20,000 fine for the murder of his wife.

Pidugu Sudhakar, a 27-year-old auto-rickshaw driver from Thurkapally on the outskirts of Hyderabad, married 25-year-old Kavitha on March 3, 2011, according to Rachakonda police. Kavitha's parents had to pay Rs 8 lakhs in dowry, which included 13 Tulas gold ornaments, a motorcycle, net cash, and household items.

Kavitha and Sudhakar had a happy life for a year after their marriage. However, he began physically and mentally harassing Kavitha in order to extract additional dowry from her parents, and even suspected her loyalty.

Sudhakar, according to the police, picked a fight with Kavitha on November 20, 2014, under the guise that she was not bringing additional dowry. He even poured kerosene on her and set her on fire.

After hearing her screams, neighbours rushed to her aid and extinguished the flames. Sudhakar was also injured during the incident. Kavitha was rushed to Area Hospital Bhongir, where a medical officer advised her to be shifted to Gandhi Hospital for expert care. Kavitha succumbed from burn injuries while undergoing treatment on November 24, 2014.

A case was filed under the relevant sections at the Thurkapally police station in Rachakonda city limits, based on a complaint by Kavitha's father, Satyanarayana.

D.Vijay Kumar, a former Sub-Inspector of Police from Thurkapally P.S, took up the case and initiated the investigation. During the investigation, he interrogated the complainant and took his statement. He went to the crime scene and performed the panchanama. S.Mohan Reddy, ACP Bhongir Division, later took over the investigation and gathered evidence. Pidugu Sudhakar, the accused, was arrested on December 2, 2014 and placed in judicial remand.

The accused Pidugu Sudhakar was charged under Sections 498 A, 304 B, 302 IPC, and Sections 3 and 4 of the D.P Act. He was imprisoned for life during the trail on Monday.

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