Rahul Gandhi makes PM Modi's silence an issue as India awaits

Not Just Assurance, PM Modi Must Take Serious Action On Kathua, Unnao Cases: Congress

Soon after PM Narendra Modi spoke indirectly on Unnao - Kathua rape incidents, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi demanded to know when will the victims get justice.

While the local local bar association held a bandh, the Valley saw protests demanding justice for the victim.

A visibly miffed Priyanka Gandhi was heard telling the crowd to respect the cause for which they gathered at the India Gate.

People gathered near India Gate in New Delhi for a candlelight vigil to protest the rapes of minors - the Kathua case of an eight-year-old who was also murdered and the Unnao case of a teenager.

The leaders of the BJP have said that the Congress is trying to politicise the rape cases to score political points ahead of the crucial Karnataka Assembly elections on May 12 and the Lok Sabha elections next year. "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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Earlier today, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had challenged PM Modi to speak up on the two rape cases, calling his silence "unacceptable". Thousands are present here including the common people and people from all parties.

"How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil", he asked, adding that the violence against the child was a crime against humanity.

In the Unnao rape case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered three cases against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl. Rahul Gandhi had tweeted.

Modi's remarks came amid mounting attacks by the opposition against the BJP governments in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir alleging shielding of the accused due to political pressure. "India is waiting", Rahul wrote on Twitter. Two of the BJP ministers who supported the accused in the Kathua rape case too have resigned from their posts on Friday. He said Modi's slogan of "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" was a correct slogan.