"What have I done? I have caused shame to my son. I can't even live in the village with dignity now. I should die..." he had said on phone.
The nine-year-old girl's rape provoked massive protests in Guntur on Wednesday. Protesters demanded instant justice -- the rapist should be hanged or shot dead in public, they screamed.
Subbaiah, a rickshaw puller, had been missing. Villagers blocked the highway near the village on Thursday morning, causing an 18-km-long traffic jam.
Subbaiah lived in the neighbourhood. He allegedly lured the girl with chocolates to his home and raped her. Police said he dropped her home after threatening to kill her if she told anyone.
Once home, the child complained of severe pain. Her mother noticed she was bleeding from her private parts. She took her to hospital, where doctors, to her utter shock, confirmed sexual assault. The doctors stitched her to stop the bleeding. She is still in hospital.
"Everyone is disturbed and upset. So there were people from all communities demanding justice for the child,'' said Guntur collector Kona Shashidhar to NDTV.