A mason from Kurayur village near Kalligudi in Madurai district was arrested for the alleged rape of a three-and-a-half-year-old girl child.

Following a complaint, the police secured the accused, Velu alias Velusundaram (38), son of Pitchai Thevar, of Kurayur. The mason had lured the child to a nearby farm by offering chocolates on Wednesday evening.

When the child returned home crying, the girl’s parents informed the police about the offence.

After inquiries, Kalligudi police registered a case under IPC Sections 376 (punishment for rape), 377 (unnatural offences) and 307 (attempt to murder) and under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 against the mason and produced him before a court.