A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped and thrashed by her father in Nurpur area of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, around 270 km from here.

Police said the incident came to light after the minor confided about alleged beating by her father toward member of her panchayat.

“However, during the meeting of district legal services authority in the panchayat on Sunday, the minor girl’s mother told officials that the girl was allegedly raped 2 months back,” police said.

The accused had also threatened to evict both the mother and daughter from the house if they revealed about the incident to anyone.

After this, the ward member filed a complaint with the police on the advice of district legal services authority officials and the accused was booked under Section 376 of IPC and POCSO Act.

The accused has been arrested by the police while the minor girl has been sent for medical examination to confirm sexual assault.