Spurned lover who beheaded college girl spared the gallows

Sep 12, 2012, 07:10 IST | Agencies

A spurned lover and engineering student, who beheaded a girl in St Xavier's College last year, yesterday got relief from the Jharkhand High Court which converted his death sentence into a life term.

'“The death sentence was converted into life term. The high court refused to accept that it was a rarest of rare case,” said Rajesh Kumar, lawyer of convict Bijendra Kumar.

The convict, a resident of Jamshedpur, was awarded death sentence on May 2 this year by a Ranchi court for killing Khushboo, who had spurned his advances. Bijendra beheaded Khushboo in the college on April 27, 2011.

Khushboo was born and brought up at her maternal grandmother’s house in Jamshedpur. She shifted to her parent’s house in Ranchi as she was fed up with the alleged advances made by Bijendra in Jamshedpur. The rejection by the girl made Bijendra angry and he beheaded her while she was leaving after appearing for the intermediate examination in the college.

Her family members expressed unhappiness over the judgment and said that they planned to move the Supreme Court against the order.                     

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