Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tore into the ruling BJP government for "shielding" the villains in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases which have sparked widespread outrage for their brutality against innocent girls, one of them barely 8 years old.
A few days back, an eight-year-old girl from Bakharwal nomadic community was drugged, gang-raped, brutalised and murdered allegedly by men who wanted to instil fear and drive the community out of the region.
The decision to march to India Gate came together late Thursday evening and confirmed via a Rahul Gandhi tweet: "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight".
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Amid the growing atrocities against women, especially the Unnao rape case and Kathua rape case, the All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) has chose to observe a "Black Day" on April 17. "Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice", he tweeted earlier today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation this week he will be fasting for a day to protest over the washout of the just-concluded budget session of the parliament. Calling the Kathua incident a crime against humanity, Gandhi has said the crime can not go unpunished.
"How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil", he asked, adding that the violence against the child was a crime against humanity."It cannot go unpunished", he said on Twitter.
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Sushmita Dev, chief of the Congress' women's wing, also spoke on the issue on her way to Lucknow to attend a dharna against the Yogi Adityanath government's handling of the Unnao gangrape of a minor. Azad said the Modi government was sleeping at a time the daughters of the country are facing a threat to their lives. Her body was found a week later.
A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence. Women should at least feel safe- Rahul Gandhi at the candlelight march against Kathua & Unnao cases. While political leaders from across party lines have been attacking the BJP over its alleged inaction- more so- in the Unnao case, where, Kuldeep Sengar, a BJP MLA is a prime accused, Congress president was rather late in joining the voices.
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