Police have charged Imam, Shafiq Al Qassimi with charges of rape as the medical tests revealed it beyond doubts that rape has occurred. Earlier, Imam had submitted a plea seeking anticipatory bail in high court.
Shafiq Al Qassimi, Chief Imam of the Tholicode Muslim Mosque and a member of the Kerala Imams Council, was alleged to have lured a minor girl to an isolated forested region in Vithura in Thiruvananthapuram district, where he then sexually assaulted her.
Imam continues to be in hiding and police has already issued a look out notice against him. It was in the counselling by Child Welfare Committee that the girl revealed her bitter experiences.