Residents of Sanivarapupeta on the city outskirts thrashed a 55-year-old man on Tuesday night for raping a five-year-old girl.

The accused, Tadi Prakasam, is undergoing treatment in the local government hospital for wounds caused by an angry mob in his neighbourhood. According to III-Town Sub Inspector K. Sivasagar, Prakasam, who had rented out his house to the victim’s family, allegedly outraged her modesty around two weeks ago when she was alone in the house.

It was said to have come to light only on Tuesday. The neighbours beat him up and handed him over to the police. City DSP M. Rajani said a case has been registered.