The hurried funaration of a woman has proved costly for her husband and his mother, who have been denied bail by the high court. Rejecting bail to Bharatesh and his mother Sunanda, the court said the unneeded urgency in cremating the body, before the arrival of the woman’s parents, gave rise to questions to which the mother-son duo had no answers.
The court noted that the distance between Halaga in Belagavi, where Anitha’s parents lived, and her married home in Terdal village in Bagalkot, is 40km and the travel time between the two places is about 2hrs36 minutes.
Judge NK Sudhindra Rao said Anitha was married only 4 years ago and allegations that the mother and son used a sari to strangle her to death cannot be brushed aside. Bharatesh and Sunanda had claimed Anitha’s body was cremated as per customs prevailing in the community. It was also contended that the bail could be granted as the probe was completed. However, opposing the bail, the government pleader contended the mother and son strangled Anitha to death and to destroy evidence and escape punishment, they cremated her.
Declining to consider the contentions put forward by the petitioners, Judge Rao also pointed out that, except some inputs regarding holding a Panchayat meeting to settle the dispute between the husband and wife, there are no details forthcoming on whether Anitha was unwell, nor any explanation as to why they did not approach a hospital while she was alive. The couple has a girl kid named as Bhoomika.