Kathua rape: Rahul Gandhi to hold midnight march at India Gate

Kathua rape: Rahul Gandhi to hold midnight march at India Gate

"This is about our women". Rahul said that he was joined by members of several other parties and common men and women in the midnight protests.

"It is a protest to ensure that a government blinded by political power does something about the situation", he said. "The women of the country should feel safe", he said.

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

Congress President Rahul Gandhi appealed to the people of NCT-Delhi to join the midnight candle march at India to show the outrage against Kathua and Unnao rape incidents.

In a similar incident, another gangrape incident came to light from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao. Some people were seen having brought their children as well.

The leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ramya, Sushmita Dev and Shobha Ojha marched towards the India Gate demanding stringent punishment for the rapists. Numerous supporters protested for the dismissal of the Narendra Modi government from the Centre. Raising anti-government slogans, the women brigade broke bangles on the street to show their resentment for the failure of government machinery to control law and order.

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The police had a hard time controlling the crowd (some of them were even drunk) as many had crossed over the barricades and even broke through them.

Announcing the march, Gandhi had tweeted in the evening, "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight".

An eight-year-old Asifa Bona was raped and murdered in a temple in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi earlier said- "How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil?" It can not go unpunished.

"What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child", he asked.

The Kathua girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from a spot near her house on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later and the autopsy revealed she had been sedated and repeatedly raped before her head was bashed in with a stone. "A very welcome move after unfortunate prevarications of Congress until now on Kathua Rape".

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