A 10-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her father’s friend at a village in Dharwad taluk on Saturday. The accused has been arrested and remanded in judicial custody.

The girl is being treated at the district civil hospital. District civil surgeon Katakol said she was in a state of shock, but was out of danger.

The police said the girl returned from the school around noon on Saturday, while the parents had gone to work. The accused, Shivappa Fakkirappa Madar of Shibaragatti village, who worked with the girl’s father, came to their house on the pretext of handing over money.

He then locked the door, gagged her and sexually assaulted her before vanishing from the scene. Some of their neighbours, who came to the house to watch television at 12.30 p.m., saw her gagged and bleeding.

Treatment

They alerted her parents and she was rushed to the district civil hospital. A team of police officials led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Raju Banahatti traced the accused at Marewad village near Dharwad.

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