Rahul, Priyanka join flash protests near India Gate against Unnao, Kathua rapes

Congress leader Raj Babbar

Even as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is being cornered over the Unnao rape case, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday referred to rape-murder case of a Kathua girl, saying "criminals of such horrific acts can't go unpunished". "Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice", Rahul Gandhi had tweeted this evening amid nationwide horror over chilling details of the three-month-old crime revealed by a police charge-sheet.

He said there were repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country.

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

Rahul Gandhi was protesting against the "silence" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the rapes and to seek justice for the victims.

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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. With the crowds making a rush towards Congress leaders, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra looked a bit miffed with their behaviour. Numerous supporters protested for the dismissal of the Narendra Modi government from the Centre. What happened at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. The candle-light march started from Rajpath and continued till India Gate. It can not go unpunished.

Congress workers tried to come near Rahul Gandhi, giving hard time to the Special Protection Group (SPG) men protecting him. "What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child".

Amid slogans being raised against the government at the midnight march, Gandhi said the women of the country are afraid to go out today and the government must ensure their safety and help them live in peace. 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. Eight people have been held by the cops, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence. The city's bar association has opposed the action against the accused and alleged that minority Dogra community was being targeted.