Sarovaram rape case: Prosecution fails to prove charges, court acquits accused

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Kozhikode: A Fast Track Special Court on Thursday acquitted Naduvannur native Mohammad Jasim, accused in the 2019 Sarovaram rape case, stating that the prosecution failed to prove the crimes against him. The verdict was pronounced by Justice K Priya.

According to the case, Jasim was accused of raping his 18-year-old classmate after drugging her at Sarovaram Park, filming the visuals and using it to blackmail and extort money from her. The incident took place on July 25, 2019.

The prosecution had also alleged that the youth tried to forcibly convert the Christian girl to Islam. The case, initially registered by the Nadakkavu police, was later handed over to Medical College police and further probe was carried out by the crime branch.

As soon as the girl’s parents lodged complaints against the youth for religious conversion, the case gained prominence and national security agencies sought a report on the case. A total of 24 witnesses were examined in the case.

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