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Kathua, Unnao rape cases: Rahul Gandhi leads midnight protest at India Gate

Kathua, Unnao rape cases: Rahul Gandhi leads midnight protest at India Gate

"The Congress also said the BJP has an anti-Dalit mindset and just by inaugurating a memorial their ideology and mindset won't change".

"This is an issue concerning women", he said, adding that people from all parties as well as the common man was at the India Gate.

"But we want to ask when the government is going to hang the culprits, when will the BJP act against its leaders who gave controversial statements on the rape incidents suggesting he hands of Pakistan in Kathua minor rape?"

Gandhi had also promised that the "midnight march will not go in vain".

The protests were reminiscent of a similar agitation that took place in the capital in December 2012 after the gang-rape of a trainee physiotherapist on a moving bus. "We had said this before as well, that women and children are in danger in your government", Azad was quoted as saying.

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Many were shouting slogans like "Modi Bhagao, Beti Bachao" as they held candles as a mark of protest. "Such incidents shake our sensibilities", Modi said. The Congress president was also silent before he was nudged on social media to break his maun vrat (vow of silence) too. It said, "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was apparently caught unawares about the protest, with Congress workers from Delhi and neighbouring areas rushing to the venue on the call of their party leader. Congress senior leader Gulam Nabi Azad said, "The government is sleeping and so at this time Congress will have to wake them up".

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 incidents that have been in discussion for the last two days are shameful".

Priyanka's 15-year-old daughter Miraya Vadra walked alongside her mother during the protest against the recent shocking gangrapes in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao. The huge public gathered to protest against the sexual violence at India Gate and when Priyanka was trying to speak to journalists, she was allegedly pushed by the crowd, along with the Congress workers.


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