The Kasaragod district sessions court sentenced a madrassa teacher to 22 years in prison for raping and sodomizing a 10-year-old girl in 2008. Judge K Bhaskaran also imposed a fine on the teacher. If the fine is not paid, he will have to serve an additional six months in prison.
Bedakam police said the accused VT Ayyoob (pictured), alias Ayyoob Sakhafi (28), a native of Moorkkanad near Kulathoor, was awarded 10 years each for raping and sodomizing and two years for attempting to destroy evidence.
The case was registered at Bedakam police station on August 10, 2008, under Sections 376, 377 and 506 (1) of the Indian Penal Code. The police said Ayyoob had lured the girl into his room at the madrassa and raped and sodomized her and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the truth to anybody.
The girl fainted after she came home and when parents asked her, she broke down and revealed everything. A case was registered and Ayyoob was arrested.