Jajpur: The police arrested a 26-year-old man today on charges of raping a minor girl at Nanpur village in Balichandrapur area of Jajpur district.
The accused was identified as the resident of the same village.
According to sources, the incident occurred on Friday when the 13-year-old girl was returning home after watching a marriage procession. The accused waylaid the girl and forcefully took her to an isolated place where he raped the minor girl.
The accused threatened the victim with dire consequences not to disclose the matter, before fleeing the spot.
The girl narrated her ordeal before her mother returning home, following which the victim’s mother lodged a complaint with the Balichandrapur police station.
Based on the complaint, the police arrested the accused and registered a case under relevant section of IPC and POCSO Act.
The arrested will be forwarded to court today, police said.