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Woman jailed for husband’s murder to be freed, deported


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Muscat: An Indian school teacher in Sur, who was jailed last October for stabbing her husband when he was reportedly drunk, will be released and deported in the last week of this month as an Appeals Court in Sur Monday pronounced the verdict in the case.

The 40-year-old woman, who was working as a teacher at Indian School Sur and a mother of two girls studying in the same school, was taken into custody by police for questioning after her 49-year-old husband's unnatural death on October 25 last year.

"Initially, the court sentenced the accused to a five-year jail term, but later, taking into consideration the woman's current predicament and a mercy petition filed by her children and other family members, the court commuted the jail term to six months," Khalid Al Najashi, the advocate of the woman, told Times of Oman.

Release date
"As the court has cut down the jail term to six months, the woman will be released on 24th of this month, when the term ends. She was taken into custody on October 25," Khalid said, while thanking the court for being compassionate towards the accused.

According to earlier reports, the victim was found dead in the room when police arrived on the scene.

"It is consoling news. Now, my daughter will be free soon," Varghese, the father of the accused, told Times of Oman over phone from Qatar. After the death of the man, his children were given shelter by a family friend and were later sent back to India.

According to family friends, the man was reportedly an alcoholic and many a times, they had helped him reach home since he used to become excessively drunk.

"The Indian embassy has helped us a lot in handling the case," Shajahan, the Indian consular in Sur, said.

The accused was kept in a women's cell in Jalan, about 80km southeast of Sur, during her jail term.

To get in touch with the reporter: reji@timesofoman.com

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