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SHILLONG, February 22, 2019: A man has been held for raping and murdering his 10-year-old minor niece in a village in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.

The man, identified as Arson Jana, allegedly committed the crime on February 10. He even accompanied his family to look for her when the girl went missing. The victim’s body was found in an abandoned house in the evening.

It is believed that the girl was strangulated because she threatened to tell her mother about the assault.

Jana has confessed to the crime after interrogation by the police.

The incident has sparked protests in the area with the Joint Action Committee, the Khasi Students’ Union and hundreds of students and residents hosting a black flag rally demanding justice on Thursday.

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