Rahul Gandhi leads midnight candlelight march over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2018

"This is about our women". You can see people across parties have joined. He said there were repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country.

Lambasting the government on the issues concerning downtrodden and weaker sections of the society, former Deputy Chief Minister said that the denial of reservation in promotions to the reserved category employees clearly depicts that the government does not want to extend the legitimate rights to them.

Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel, Sushmita Dev, Divya Spandana, silently marched from the 24 Akbar Road Congress headquarters to India Gate, about a kilometre away.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said "India wants to know" when its daughters will get justice as he thanked him for breaking his long silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases on Friday. It said, "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight".

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Seeking to corner the Modi government on the issue of crime against women, Congress President Rahul Gandhi's Thursday night's candlelight vigil at India Gate was aimed at re-creating the groundswell against the BJP similar to what the UPA-II faced in December 2012 after the infamous Nirbhaya gangrape.

The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi headed a midnight candlelight march at India Gate to protest against the sexual violence against the women. His first tweet read, "How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil?" What happened at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. If you can not behave, go home. "What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?" he tweeted.

A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger last year in Uttar Pradesh. The girl attempted self-immolation on April 8 in front of Yogi Adityanath's residence to protest against inaction and shielding minister. While Sengar's brother has been arrested, Sengar himself has been detained by the CBI. An eight-year-old girl was abducted and raped over and over before being horrendously murdered by a group of men in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

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