Mumbai: A youth has been arrested from Bharavli village near suburban Malad for allegedly raping his landowner's ten-year-old daughter, police said.

The accused, Akash Vilat (19), was arrested on February 12 by Crime Branch sleuths for the alleged crime that had taken place on February 9 at a slum in Malvani area in Malad.

The accused was staying in a rented room located adjacent to the house owned by the victim's father.

"Akash was trying to escape to Hyderabad, for which he had sought money and clothes from his friends," an officer attached to Malvani police station said.

The minor's father is a driver and is generally away from home for his driving assignments. Her mother works as a nurse in a hospital here, police said.

"On the day of alleged crime, the victim had just returned home from school when Akash came there. On finding her alone at home, he raped the girl. However, Akash fled from the spot when the victim's father returned home immediately afterwards," the officer added.

A complaint was filed against Akash with Malvani police by the victim's father. The accused was produced in a local court, which sent him in police remand.