Kasaragod: The District Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court on January 25 awarded 20 years jail term to a school headmaster in Kerala's Kasaragod district for sexually abusing a minor girl. The accused is identified as  P Rajan Nair. He has also been slapped with a penalty of Rs 25,000.

The court also directed the government to hand over a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim as the crime took place in a government school.

The incident happened on October 11, 2018, when Rajan Nair sexually abused the girl inside a smart classroom. The incident came to light during a counselling session conducted by the child line in the school. Following this, a case was registered against Rajan Nair, and he was subsequently arrested.

Atrocities against children have seen an increase in the state in the last four years, with at least 6,000 POCSO cases still pending trial.

Last month too, Kerala Police arrested four men for allegedly raping two minor girls. Two of the accused are the father and uncle of the minor girls.

According to sources, the men allegedly raped the two girls on multiple occasions in the last 12 months. The incidents came to light after one of the victims, with the help of a panchayat member, filed a complaint with Kallambalam Police.

It was only after the police began the investigation that the minors’ mother became aware of the alleged incidents.