The police, on Friday, arrested a 23-year-old youth from Kuzhivila in Neyyattinkara limits, on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a minor girl in the city.

The police identified the accused as Prakash, a native of Kuzhivila. He had allegedly tricked a Plus One student into eloping with him, giving false promise of marriage. The accused then took her to his cousin’s house and sexually assaulted her, the police said. On Friday evening, the girl’s parents registered a complaint and the police conducted a search in Kuzhivila, from where the accused was arrested on Saturday.