Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Rahul leads midnight march over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

Rahul leads midnight march over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

It should be noted that the Congress observed a nationwide fast on April 9 to protest atrocities against Dalits and acts of communal violence across the country.

Gandhi said that as this concerned the safety of women it was a "national issue, not a political issue".

"This is about our women".

Disruption is totally unacceptable in Parliament System as representatives are sent to speak for the people on the floor, Ashini added.

"We want to wake up the Modi government which is fast asleep".

In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi described the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua as "unimaginable brutality" that cannot go unpunished and wondered how anybody can seek to protect the culprits.

Earlier in the day, the Congress had attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence over the alleged Unnao rape case and questioned why the accused BJP MLA was yet to be arrested.

"We are here against crimes being committed against women, against rapes, violence and murder and the government must act on this".

Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ambika Soni, Ashok Gehlot, Randeep Singh Surjewala and Sushmita Dev walked from the party headquarters at 24 Akbar Road to the India Gate along with hundreds of party workers holding candles. Azad said the Modi government was sleeping at a time the daughters of the country are facing a threat to their lives.

"Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight. India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does", he said on Twitter as he invited people to join the vigil.

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid took to Twitter and said, "PM Modi reflects on what your ideology is doing o India". What happened to Asifa is a disgrace to humanity. It can not go unpunished. The horrific incident dates back to January 17, when a lifeless body of Asifa Bano was found in Hiranagar area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

"Those who are here to push around people must go home".

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