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Husband, four of his family sent to jail

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Kavre, May 23

All five members of the family of Sarita Dulal, who was murdered about four weeks ago at her home in Kavre’s Mandan Deupur Municipality, have been remanded to custody following the order of the district court today.

Sarita’s husband Sudip, parents-in-laws Pitambar and Ganga, brother-in-law Keshav and his wife Sangita were sent to prison as per the order of District Judge Durga Khadka, who ruled that they be remanded to custody in connection with the murder case.

Earlier, police, on the basis of the investigation of the district attorney office, statement of the accused and the evidence found on the site, had registered a murder case at the district court against five persons, including family members.

On April 26, Sarita, 25, was found dead with bruises on her neck, inside her home in Sipaghat, in Mandan Deupur Municipality-6.

Sarita’s brother, Krishna Prasad Dahal had filed an FIR the same day, suspecting foul play.

According to police, Sarita’s husband Sudip Dulal, who was arrested along with his family members on the day of the incident, has pleaded guilty, saying he had committed the murder all by himself.

But, the police, in view of the nature of the incident, opted to interrogate other family members and recorded their statements.

In his statement, the husband confessed that he had beaten and strangulated his wife with a rubber strap of a catapult, over a dispute.

“When I tried to kill her with the rubber strap, my father and brother had helped me by pinning her legs down, while mother and sister-in-law looked on,” the police quoted the husband as saying in his statement.

Police investigation has revealed that there had been frequent disputes in Dulal family over property, Sarita’s citizenship certificate and her failure to bear kids. Sarita and Sudip had tied nuptial knot four years ago.

According to locals, Sudip had been suffering from a mental disease for the past two months.

The couple was staying separately from their parents but in the same house.


A version of this article appears in print on May 24, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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