Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: District and Sessions Judge Thomas P. Joseph on Tuesday sentenced Prakashan, 30, of Peruvannamozhi in the district to five years rigorous imprisonment for attempting to rape an eight-year-old SC/ST girl on April 9, 2001.

The judge sentenced the accused to five years each under Sections 450 and 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under Section 3 of the SC/ST Act. Since the sentences will run concurrently, the accused will have to undergo only five years rigorous imprisonment. Prakashan will have to pay a fine of Rs.25,000 under the SC/ST Act, failing which he will have to undergo one year rigorous imprisonment.

A sum of Rs.20,000 from the fine will go to the victim. M.K. Abdul Saleem appeared for the prosecution.