Salem (TN): An 18-year-old boy was arrested today for allegedly sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl at nearby Mettutherunam, police said.

The incident occurred last evening when the girl was returning home from school. The teenager took her to a nearby field and allegedly raped her.

The girl went home crying to her parents who then filed a complaint at an all-woman police station.

A case was registered against the boy under Section 3 and 4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and he was arrested this morning, they said.

The child has been admitted to the government hospital here.

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