A special court on Friday sentenced the main accused Suresh alias Shamsudeen Muhammed Shajahan of Kollam to 24 years imprisonment in the Vithura sex racket case. He is 52. Of that, he need to undergo 10 years rigorous imprisonment. A fine of 1,09,000 has also been slapped on him. The verdict was pronounced by special court judge Johnson John. The court had found him guilty yesterday.
He was accused of raping the victim and forcing her into sex trade after keeping her in illegal custody for days. The survivor was a minor when she was lured by Suresh in 1995 with a job offer and was instead sold off into the flesh trade. The girl was raped at various places between November 1995 and July 1996. The court verdict is in the first of the 24 cases against him.
The survivor was handed over to Suresh by Vithura native Ajitha, who later died, in 1995. The incident came to light in July 1996 when the survivor landed in police custody along with one of the accused. Suresh went into hiding after several persons with political, cinema links were found accused in the case. Suresh surrendered in court after 19 years after the court let off the other accused in the case. He again went into hiding after the trial in the case began. He was later arrested from Hyderabad.