Police on Friday arrested a 15-year-old Class 9 student and launched a hunt for a 16-year-old airconditioner mechanic on charges of raping an eight-old girl, a class four student of an Adi Dravidar School in Anakaputhur.
The Class 9 student was sent to a government home in the city, while the girl is being treated at the Government Taluk Hospital in Chromepet. Police said that on Thursday, declared a holiday for schools on account of the teachers' eligibility test, the girl was playing near her house on First Street in Kamatchi Nagar, Anakaputhur while her mother N Indira Devi was busy with domestic chores.
The two came to the girl and said her mother was waiting in a shop. Believing their words, the girl went along with them. They took her to an isolated spot and sexually assaulted her, police said based on the complaint later filed by her mother.
Fearing that they could be caught, the two accused fled. The girl, who was crying, was seen by local residents and handed over to her mother. Initially scared to reveal what happened, the girl later revealed the truth to her mother.
On Friday, Indira Devi approached the Sankar Nagar police who registered a case and arrested the class 9 student. A hunt was launched for the air-conditioner mechanic who, according to neighbors, has a criminal background. Many parents in the area had reportedly advised their children to keep away from Ramu. "A school dropout, he has been involved in petty crimes," said a neighbour.