Vizianagaram: A 19-year-old student was arrested for raping a four-year-old girl in a village under Bhogapuram police station limits in Vizianagaram district.

The accused, P. Durgarao, is a star student and had received a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 for scoring the highest marks in the intermediate exams. He was arrested on charges of rape and produced before the court and sent to judicial remand, said the police. Durgarao has confessed to the crime.

While the incident occurred on Wednesday, it came to light only on Thursday night when the victim's parents approached the police. On Wednesday, Durgarao allegedly took the girl to his home on the pretext of playing with her and then raped her.

The girl came home for lunch but fell sick and complained of pain. Her parents took her to a private hospital near Tagarapuvalasa in Vizag city for treatment on Thursday. Later, the girl told her parents about the incident.

The accused has been booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

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