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Minor Girl Allegedly Murdered In West Bengal

Indian children participate in a protest against child abuse and rising crimes against women, in Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, March 16, 2013. India has seen outrage and widespread protests against rape and attacks on women and minors since a fatal gang-rape of a young woman in December on a moving bus in New Delhi, the capital. In the most recent case, a Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband has been gang-raped by eight men, police said. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

Malda - The body of a minor girl, who was allegedly strangled to death, was found today at Kaliachak in the Malda district of West Bengal.

"The body bore signs of strangulation. The villagers spotted the body lying in a garden at Kismatpur village in Kaliachak police station," Superintendent of Police Prasun Banerjee told PTI.

The nine-year-old girl went missing last afternoon when she went to tend goats with her younger brother in a field near their house, according to the police. The villagers launched a search for the girl when she did not return to the village with her brother.

"But she was not found and the body was found this morning and the motive behind her killing is being investigated," said Banerjee.

The villagers claim that the girl was raped and murdered. However, the police is yet to confirm the rape.