A six-year old girl was allegedly raped last night by a 24-year-old man in Amrauda village in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Monday.

The accused, identified as Dilip Yadav, was arrested on Monday.

The girl is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Gwalior.

The alleged incident occurred in the house of a relative of the girl’s mother who had come to the village with her daughter to attend a marriage, said Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), Pohri, Ashok Ghanghoriya.

He said the mother of the girl took her to a relative’s house in the village as she was feeling sleepy and went to attend the marriage.

“However, when the woman returned to pick her daughter late night, she found her unconscious and lying in a pool of blood,” Ghanghoriya said, adding that the woman raised an alarm and called her relatives.

“Police were informed and the girl was taken to a hospital in Shivpuri at around 5 AM today. She was referred to a hospital in Gwalior after initial treatment,” he said.

The accused Yadav was arrested under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the IPC and under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

It is not known immediately whether Yadav was related to the girl’s family.

Further investigation is underway, he added.