: A 61-year-old man who was found guilty of rape of a minor girl, has been sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.1 lakh.
Kottayam District and Sessions Judge P.K. Lakshmanan had earlier found the accused, M.P. John (Kuttan- 61) of Karumbikulam House, Karukachal, guilty of raping an eight-year-old girl when she was alone at her house. The court directed that 75 per cent of the fine shall be paid to the child as compensation. The failure to remit the fine would entail imprisonment of one more year. — Special Correspondent