The Omarabad police have launched a search for a 22-year-old youth for allegedly raping a 9-year-old girl, who was mentally ill, at Periyakomeswaram, Sathambakkam post near Ambur.

Pandian, resident of the area, had committed the offence in an auto on Wednesday. She had come to a nearby ration shop while it was raining. Pandian, who was seated in the auto, had asked her to sit inside the vehicle until the rain stopped.

The girl's father lodged a complaint with the police station.

Pandian has been absconding and the police have filed a case under IPC section 376 and have launched a search for him, according to police.