Ex-Mumbai firefighter set wife on fire for dowry and jailed for life

The convict previously worked as a firefighter. (Representative)


A magistrate’s court has sentenced a 33-year-old former firefighter to life imprisonment for setting fire to his wife after he harassed her for dowry in the suburb of Mulund six years ago.

Extra Sessions Judge AB Sharma on Wednesday found the accused Lakhan Gaikwad guilty of offenses committed under the relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code for murder and subjecting his wife to cruelty.

Details of the order were made available on Friday.

According to the prosecution, led by Special Prosecutor Geeta Sharma, Gaikwad had physically and mentally harassed his wife Manisha.

In October 2017, the accused set the victim on fire by pouring thinner on her and killed her, he added.

Gaikwad was arrested the day after the incident and has since been in judicial custody.

The victim’s mother, in her testimony, informed the court that at the time of the marriage, the defendant demanded Rs 1 lakh as dowry, which she could not pay.

Gaikwad and his family started torturing Manisha. They starved the victim and did not provide him with clothes, she said.

The court acquitted four other defendants in the case, including the victim’s in-laws, for lack of evidence.

The accused was sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment and fined Rs 7,000.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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