A five-year-old OBC girl from a slum in Nashik was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 40-year-old man.
The Adgaon police have registered a case of rape along with sections under the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The accused has been identified a slum dweller in the same area. His being a Maratha has further increased tension in the area.
According to the police, the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon when the victim went to a public toilet, with the accused believed to have followed her.
The girl is currently admitted in a local hospital with the police keeping a watch on the region.