Mumbai: An Urdu teacher has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a six-year-old girl at a madrassa in Rajasthan’s Kota. The court also imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh on the 43-year-old convict, Abdul Rahim.
The court also slapped a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on Abdul Rahim.
Judge Deepak Dubey wrote emotional poetic lines in the conviction order that read ‘O Meri Nanhi Masoom Pari Rani, Tum Khush Ho Jao, Tumhe Rulane Wale Dusht Rakshas Ko Hamne Zindagi Ki Akhiri Saans Tak Ke Liye Salakhon Ke Piche Bhej Diya Hai, Ab Tum Is Dharti Par Nidar Ho Kar Apne Sapno Ke Khule Aasmaan Main Pankh Laga Kar Udh Sakti Ho, Tum Sada Hansti Raho, Chahakti Raho, Bas Yahi Prayas Hai Hamara’.
The judge’s message for the girl was that the “court has punished the demon who made you cry and now wants you to be always happy and cheerful…”
According to Public Prosecutor Lalit Sharma, the girl had gone to the madrasa to study Urdu on November 13, 2021. Rahim raped her when she was alone after the class ended and the other students had left.
When she narrated her ordeal to her parents, they lodged a complaint against Rahim at the Degod police station the next day. The police registered a case of rape against the cleric under sections 376(3) and 5(f)(m)/6 of the IPC and arrested him the same day.
Sharma said that the police filed the charge sheet on January 6. During the hearing, statements of at least 13 witnesses were recorded and 23 documents were produced in the court.
Rahim himself is said to be the father of three daughters and a son.