An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 45-year-old man in the Kharkai suburbs of Mardan, police said on Sunday.

The suspect reportedly took the minor to the nearby fields where he allegedly subjected her to sexual abuse, Mardan District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed informed DawnNews.

Police have arrested the suspect who confessed to his crime, after which a case has been registered against him, the DPO said.

The third-grade student has also recorded her statement with the police in which she said that she had been sexually abused by the suspect, Dr Saeed said.