Getting a life sentence is the second worst thing to death penalty in the crime punishment hierarchy. The idea is that you are restrained for the rest of your life to do anything outside of those four walls. Your crime was grave enough to warrant such harsh treatment but a little less than one that would lead you to death. For most its a befitting to wipe out the entire life for some heinous crime.
Whatever the thinking behind a life sentence punishment, they did not have a 83 year old in mind who would keep contesting the case for 14 years before getting a life sentence at age 97!! This hot-headed old man of 83 ripe years killed his neighbor, Surjit Kaur for a dispute over a vegetable garden! Given the size of properties in Punjab, I wonder how big a “garden” would they have had to warrant killing your neighbor?
Either he is a late bloomer in the world of crime or he is a master at hiding what he has been upto 🙂