A man has been arrested in Ballia for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl for six months, police said on Sunday.
The girl was rescued on Saturday and the suspect, Ashish Kumar, 24, was arrested, they said.
The girl was reported missing last September and an FIR was registered against an unidentified person in connection with the incident, said the Takha police station which notified Phoolchandra Yadav.
Following a tip-off, the girl was rescued from the Gadwar area on Saturday and Kumar was arrested, he said.
In her statement to police, the girl said she had been repeatedly raped by the suspect over the past six months, he added.
The charge of rape has been added to the FIR. The suspect has also been booked under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, police said.