A 25-year-old youth from Kodungaiyur was sentenced to 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for attempting to rape a seven-year-old child.

According to the prosecution, the youth, P. Devarajan tempted the child with chocolate and snacks. He then took her to a waste paper godown, where he raped her. On hearing the girl’s screams, neighbours rushed in rescued her. Devarajan was charged under Section 376 (Punishment for Rape) read with 511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment).

Holding that the charge against him was proved, Meena Satheesh, Mahila Court Judge, also imposed fine of Rs. 10,000.