A 24-year-old man allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl when she went to offer prayers during the ongoing Ganesh festival in Palghare in Maharashtra.
The accused is a pandal contractor, lured the girl on some pretext, took her behind the venue and allegedly raped her there and ran away.
The incident took place on Monday night when the teenaged girl along with other children had gone to the Ganesh pandal.
Parents of a victim lodged a complaint against the accused at Dahanu police station when she informed about the incident to her.
Police launched a search operation for the accused and the crime was registered against him under IPC section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO).