A transgender person, Sachu Samson (alias Shefina), was convicted by the Thiruvananthapuram Fast Track Special Court for sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy seven years ago.
This is the first time a transgender person has been convicted in the state. The judge sentenced the 34-year-old transwoman from Anathalavattom to seven years in prison and a fine of Rs 25,000.
If the fine isn’t paid, the court ordered an additional year of imprisonment. The incident occurred in 2016 when the accused met the victim on a train and took him to a public comfort station where she subjected him to unnatural sexual abuse.
The victim’s mother discovered the abuse through Facebook Messenger. The accused was found guilty of violating Section 377 (unnatural offenses) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3(d) (penetrative sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
The case was prosecuted by R S Vijay Mohan with assistance from M Mubeena and R Y Akhilesh, and was investigated by S P Prakash. Seven witnesses were examined and twelve documents were produced.
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