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Former village sarpanch in Maharashtra held for raping 8-year-old girl

PALGHAR: Police today arrested a former sarpanch (62) of Manor village in Palghar district of Maharashtra for allegedly raping a 8-year-old girl .

The incident took place yesterday while the minor had gone to the accused’s residence to pluck fruits from his garden.

The accused lured the minor promising of offering her sweets and allegedly raped her, a police official said.

The victim raised an alarm following which people residing nearby rushed to the spot and caught the accused.

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Later, the accused was handed over to the police and the girl was sent for a medical examination.

A case has been registered against the accused under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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