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

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"The graph of crimes against women has gone up in India and BJP ruled states and thus, the Congress party will observe April 17 as the black day against this trend", said Sushmita Dev, president All India Mahila Congress. "Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice." the Congress chief said on Twitter. In Kashmir's Kathua, an 8 year old was raped, tortured and killed by many men in a bid to settle communal scores.

Rahul while addressing media persons at India Gate reiterated the need for government's intervention in the soaring crimes against women.

On the Modi government's "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" initiative, Gandhi said it was the right slogan and the Prime Minister must start work on "Beti Bachao".

Stressing on the fact that the protest was a non-political one, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said the "Sab chalta hai" (everything is OK) attitude will not do and the government needs to do something regarding the issue.

Several people were seen having brought their children as well, but at times, the chaotic crowd appeared getting out of control and Priyanka Vadra was shoved by some, prompting her to ask people to maintain calm and remember the "cause" for which they had come there. "PM Modi should begin working towards saving the women of the country", said Rahul. "Congress President Rahul Gandhi to hold candlelight protest at India Gate at midnight of April 12-13, over Kathua and Unnao rape incidents" reports ANI.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were protesting to awaken the Modi government from its "slumber". What happened at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does.

Huge crowd had gathered at the India Gate here on Thursday midnight to protest against the incidents of rape in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh and Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Kathua girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from a spot near her house on 10 January. "We are seeking justice", Gandhi told reporters early hours of Friday under a dark night sky in New Delhi as camera flashlights popped and outrage against the murder of innocents swirled on social media platforms and in living rooms across the country.

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

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