Police on Friday registered a case against Ch Rama Rao, (40), of Pandurangapuram, who allegedly raped a five-year-old girl on Thursday, under the Nirbhaya Act.

This is the first case to be booked under the Act in the district. Rama Rao was also booked under various sections, including 376 of the IPC, said Kothagudem ASP Bhaskar Bhushan. A manhunt had been launched for the accused.

Ongole Staff Reporter adds: A 16-year-old boy, who allegedly sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl at Pakala Palepalem near Singarayakonda on Monday last, was sent to the observation home for boys in Tirupati. Police produced him in the Juvenile Magistrate court here. Police booked a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.