A 13-year-old Muslim girl who is studying in Std VII in Thoubal district was brutally raped by a 63-year-old retired government employee who is her neighbour.

Talking to reporters on Friday, the activists of the All Manipur Students' Union, Thoubal district branch, said that it was a rape most foul. They are seeking cooperation from the people in smoking out the accused rapist who is absconding.

The student activists said that on February 18 the girl had gone out of her bedroom at 11 p.m. to relieve herself in the open. It transpires that the accused happened to see the girl who had thus gone out and he reportedly sneaked into her room. When the unsuspecting girl entered her room, the accused, Mohammad Mubi allegedly grappled with her, gagged and dragged her to the bed. After raping her, he fled.

The AMSU activists said that they took a serious view of the crime committed on the minor. They have registered an FIR with the local police station. They hinted that if the culprit is not accounted for, they may launch agitations.