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Study the facts described below and answer the following questions:-
i) Bubblly is a girl of 10 years who was married to Vishnu aged 21 years. She is fond of dolls and was in the habit of pestering her parents for purchasing new dolls every now and then. After marriage, one day, she pestered her father-in-law for buying a doll at the market place. When he denied, she cried out loudly. Annoyed, the father-in-law reprimanded her and locked her up in a room for an hour as punishment for her mis-conduct in a public place. that night, Bubblly did not have dinner. When Vishnu returned home from work Bubblly went up to him and wept loudly imploring him to purchase the doll from the market place. Since Vishnu was already very tired, he lost his temper and slapped her on the face. Bubblly felt offended and was even more upset. Unable to resist, she kept weeping incessantly. When Vishnu went to sleep, Bubblly took a knife and stabbed him in the chest. Vishnu suffered grievous hurt initially but died few days later.
Bubblly has been charged with the murder of her husband. During her trial, she has taken up the defence of childhood. Will Bubblly’s defence stand?
What are the conditions that need to be satisfied for her defence to stand? Justify your answer citing relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and case law wherever required. (10 Marks)
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