The Payakaraopeta police on Monday registered a case against a fruit vendor, K. Krishna, for allegedly trying to molest a 13-year-old girl at her house near Sriramapuram village under Payakaraopeta mandal on Sunday afternoon.
The police said that the accused reportedly barged into the girl’s house when her mother had gone to a well for water and tried to molest the girl.
On hearing the screams of the girl, the neighbours and her mother rushed to her rescue, but the accused fled.
The girl’s mother filed a complaint with the police on Monday morning. Sub-Inspector S. Prasad said that a case was registered against the accused under Section 354 of IPC and under Section 7 and 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The cops launched a manhunt for the accused.