New Delhi, Mar 24: A special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kochi has sentenced a woman to seven years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) for helping 15 youths to join Islamic State (IS).

The court has convicted 29-year-old Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code and imposed Rs 25,000 fine. Zahid a native of Bihar, was arrested in July 2016 from New Delhi when she about to leave the country with her minor son.

Media reports say that last year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had filed the charge sheet against two ISIS operatives Abdul Rashid Abdulla as the main accused, who motivated a number of youths from Kasaragod to leave India along with their families to join the Islamic State, and Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid.

The prosecution said while she was teaching at the Peace International School, she came in contact with Abdul Rashid, the leader of the missing youth from the state. Yasmeen did all the ground work for the youth to slip out of the country. She was supposed to leave with the others, but her trip was delayed because she could not get travel papers for her son done in time.

It was reported that in June 2016 at least 21 persons, including six women and three children, had gone missing from the state. Later it was reported that they have joined the IS. Most of the missing persons were well educated and hailed from upper middle class families. At least six were reportedly killed while fighting for the IS in Afghanistan.