Holding that the gruesome murders were committed on the spur of the moment due
to suspicion of his spouse's infidelity, the Supreme Court has commuted to life
term the death penalty of a man who murdered his wife and their 3 kids in
Madhya Pradesh's Dewas district.
A bench of justices, while altering the sentence to 21 years, felt the murders
by Brajendra Singh of his wife Aradhana and their three children did not fall
under the "rarest of rare category" warranting capital punishment.
"He has lost his children, whom he had brought up for years, and also his wife.
Besides that, it was not a planned crime and also lacked motive. It was a crime
which had been committed out of suspicion and frustration.
"The circumstances, examined cumulatively, would to some extent suggest the
existence of a mental imbalance in the accused at the moment of committing the
(source: The Times of India)