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Bail for woman who hanged her children

Staff Reporter

`Overall situation not considered'

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court today granted bail to a mother, who was sentenced to life by a sessions court for having hanged her two children and then attempted suicide.

A Division Bench comprising Justice N. Dhinakar and Justice A. Kulasekaran admitted the appeal of Gowri (27) of Maduvankarai near Guindy here, and granted bail.

In her affidavit, Ms. Gowri said that she had married Sundar in May 1998, and had been harassed by her in-laws for dowry. In June 2003, she was sent to her maternal home and told that she should bring Rs. 1 lakh in cash.

A month later, after speaking to her husband on the telephone, Ms. Gowri hanged her two children and attempted to hang herself.

Her mother and neighbours broke open the main door of the house and rushed them to the hospital. While the children were declared dead on arrival, Ms. Gowri was saved. She was tried for murder. On March 24, the Mahila Court found her guilty and sentenced her to simple imprisonment for life on two counts, and directed her to pay a fine of Rs. 150 on two counts.

Ms. Gowri's appeal said the trial court had erred in convicting her by not taking into consideration the overall situation.

She said the investigation done by the J-3 Guindy police was tainted, slipshod and partial.

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