The juvenile justice board in Berhampore on Thursday sent a 16-year-old boy to a welfare home after the Bengal police charged him under the stringent Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for allegedly raping a three-and-a-half-year-old on Wednesday night in Bahagalpur-Dakshin Namopara village in Murshidabad district .The girl was admitted to a hospital with serious injuries.Section 6 of the POCSO states, “Whoever, commits aggravated penetrative sexual assault, shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than ten years but which may extend to imprisonment for life and also be liable to fine.””Primary investigation suggests that the girl was raped, but we are waiting for the medical report for confirmation,” said officer in charge of Suti police station Biswabandhu Chattaraj. ”We slapped section 6 of POCSO Act on the basis of a written complaint.”Police officers said the child was playing alone on a rickshaw near her house in the evening when the accused, who lives barely 20 meters away from the victim’s house, lured her with chocolates.“My daughter calls the boy dada (elder brother). She went with him happily. He took my daughter to a nearby house and raped her there,” said the father of the child.Villagers caught the youth red handed when the girl started screaming in pain.The police was immediately informed. The father of the child lodged the complaint after the police arrested the teenager.Though Bengal accounts for a large number of cases of atrocities on women -- in 2016, it accounted for the second highest cases in the country after Uttar Pradesh -- instances of a minor raping a minor are not common in the state.“We work in different areas for children. But we can’t remember of any incident where a girl of such a tender age was preyed upon by a minor in recent times in the state,” said Jayanta Chowdhury, assistant director, CINI, an NGO that was set up in Bengal in 1974.