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Malayali woman jailed in Oman for killing hubby to be deported

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Muscat: A 40-year-old Indian school teacher in Oman, jailed for killing her drunk husband last year, will be released on compassionate grounds and deported next week, according to a media report today.

The 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.

The woman, hailing from Kerala, had stabbed her husband to death, the report said.

"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 appeals court commuted the jail term to six months," Khalid Al Najashi, the advocate of the woman, said.

"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 was quoted as saying by the Times of Oman.

"It is consoling news. Now, my daughter will be free soon," Varghese, the father of the accused, said. 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 woman was kept in a women's cell in Jalan, about 80 km southeast of Sur, during her jail term.

PTI

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