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Rahul Gandhi claims Kathua, Unnao midnight protest 'wont' go in vain'

Congress president Rahul Gandhi greets party workers after he arrives to observe a fast outside Raj Ghat the memorial to Mahatama Gandhi Rahul Gandhi Leads Midnight Candlelight Vigil At India Gate Over Unnao, Kathua Rape Cases
Sammy Stanley | 15 April, 2018, 20:11

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Wadra participated in a candlelight procession last night at India gate to focus attention on rapes and gender violence in the country. Instructions to state units have been sent which directed workers to carry out protest marches on the lines of the one led by Rahul Thursday midnight at India Gate demanding justice to the victims.

As Congress president Rahul Gandhi led a midnight march at India Gate to protest against the incidents of rape in Unnao and Kathua, his sister Priyanka Gandhi got shoved by some in a chaotic crowd, prompting her to ask people to think about the cause for which they had assembled there. You said "our daughters will get justice".

Earlier, on Thursday, BJP MP Lal Singh said, "Those responsible for rape and murder of the 8-year-old in Kathua should be nabbed".

The Congress was trying to stage a protest the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu's Kathua district.

"Women in India are scared to step out of their homes".

The government has already announced that it would give rewards to the medal winners from the state, he added.

On Friday, Congress leaders said that while the Prime Minister had finally broken his silence on the issue, there has been "no real and tangible action" so far.

Woman's Body Found Near Where SUV Plunged Into River With Family
The family are known as 38, Soumya Thottapilly Sandeep Thottapilly , 4 1; 12, Siddhant Thottapilly; 9, and Saachi Thottapilly. The authorities, who had originally said the body found was of a child, said an autopsy would be performed early next week.

"Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women".

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were protesting to awaken the Modi government from its "slumber".

Several Congress leaders also poked fun at the Modi government's Beti Bachao slogan, saying the daughters were not safe in the country. Madhav said, "such crimes (Kathua) are inhuman and any attempt to communalise them needs to be condemned unequivocally". "What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?"

The eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped in January this year, was held captive at a place of worship for almost a week and raped before she was finally killed.

On January 17, the body of a minor girl was found in the forests near Rasana, Hiranagar. A special investigation team (SIT) formed to probe the incident has arrested eight people, including two special police officers and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

The Minister said that law agencies and government were "taking necessary action" in the rape incidents.

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