A former village head has been booked for allegedly raping a teenage girl and impregnating her in Fatehpur district in Uttar Pradesh , police said on Thursday.

Based on a complaint filed by the girl’s father, a case was registered against the 50-year-old former village head on Wednesday under relevant sections of the IPC and therefore the POCSO Act, a policeman said.

The accused, however, claimed that it had been “fake case” lodged against him as panchyat elections are approaching.

According to the complaint, the accused raped the girl around five months ago and threatened her to not reveal it to anyone.

The girl told her mother about it earlier in the week on being asked if she was pregnant.

The girl has been sent for checkup and therefore the matter is being probed, the policeman said.

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