Upping the ante against the Modi government at the Centre over the incidents of rape in Kathua and Unnao, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took to the streets, along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra.
Rahul, and Priyanka led a candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight to protest growing violence against women. Rahul was joined by several leaders of the congress party including, Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, AICC General secretary Ashok Gehlot, Former Union Ministers Salman Khurshid and Ambika Soni, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala, Senior Congress leader Ahmed Parel, president of the All India Mahila Congress Sushmita Dev, also its former president Shobha Oza, Delhi congress president Ajay Maken and hundreds of Congress workers and party leaders are part of candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight.
The protesters marched from AICC headquarters at 24, Akbar road to India Gate. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Salman Khurshid said, ”we are here to express our concern over the incidents of rape in Unnao and Kathua. The culprits in both incidents have not been nabbed.”
MR Azad charged the BJP governments in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh of shielding criminals . ”In UP, the accused BJP MLA has not been arrested. The same situation si with the Jammu and kashmir case where the accused is still roaming free,”he said.
Congress leaders said that the protest was non political and aimed at highlighting rising incidents of violence against women in the country.
The protesters marched from AICC headquarters at 24, Akbar road to India Gate.
”Like every patriotic Indian, my heart hurts tonight with the growing incidents of violence against the girl child and women across our country. Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight to protest this growing violence,” Rahul tweeted.
Rahul has condemned the incidents of rape in Unnao and Kathua. Describing the rape of a eight year old girl Asifa in Kathua, as ‘a crime against humanity’, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that such a crime “cannot go unpunished”.
In a tweet, Rahul said, ”how can anyone protect the culprits of such evil? What happened to Asifa at Kathua is a crime against humanity. It cannot go unpunished. What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?”