A three-year-old girl was raped by an acquaintance at Gosavi Mangli village in Mouda tehsil of the district Sunday night.
Additional SP (Nagpur rural) Prakash Jadhav said accused Suresh Khedkar (30) had been arrested and remanded in police custody.
He said,Khedkar kidnapped girl from a marriage pandal after power went off in the night and forced himself on her in a nullah near village. He left her alone there and fled.
Her family members,meanwhile,realised the girl was missing. They looked around but couldnt find her. The girl started walking towards the village in the morning when some people noticed her. She was bleeding. The matter was reported to police. We did a through search of the village and confronted Khedkar,who was drunk. He soon blurted out the truth. An examination of the girl at Mayo Hospital in Nagpur confirmed rape. Doctors said the penetration was only outer, Jadhav said.
The accused is married and his pregnant wife has gone to her parents for delivery, he said.