Kollam: The district additional sessions court pronounced on Wednesday the quantum of punishment for Suraj, who murdered his wife Kollam Anchal native Uthra by inducing snakebite. He has been awarded double life sentence. The court also mentioned about similar cases while pronouncing the verdict. Suraj was earlier found guilty of the crime under Section 302, 307, 328 and 201.
The prosecution had sought death sentence for Suraj and said that the crime was brutal. Uthra's family also sought maximum punishment for Suraj. It is the rarest of rare cases and reportedly, the first case in Kerala in which the accused tamed a snake and made to kill a person. Suraj had made the snake bite Uthra twice.
The prosecution has batted that Suraj did not disclose what happened to Uthra, though he was in the room when snake bit her and that was something crucial. Likewise, experts give statements that cobra is very less likely to enter by the window in the room and all other chances can be ruled out.
Initially, the parents of Suraj claimed that their son was innocent. Later, it came to light that Suraj's parents and sisters also were involved in the crime. The family was under suspicion after it was found that Suraj buried Uthra's gold on the compound following her death. Suraj's parents and sister are accused in the domestic violence case registered in connection with the murder.