Leading the candlelight vigil at India Gate in the national capital on Thursday midnight to protest against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Congress party president Rahul Gandhi asked the Modi government to act against the perpetrators of the crime and ensure women safety across the nation.
Rahul Gandhi who arrived at the India Gate along with Priyanka Gandhi said that Congress does not intend to politicise the issue. “This is not a political protest, this is a national matter. The government should be able to protect the dignity of women in this nation,” says Rahul Gandhi.
Women and people across all the parties have joined us in the protest. “We want the government to resolve the matter, women should at least feel safe,” he added.
Questioning the motive behind the Congress protest march, BJP called it a ‘farce’. Speaking to a private TV channel, BJP leader, Vaibhav Aggarwal said that the Congress was simply politicising the issue. “People are taking selfies, Priyanka Gandhi is laughing,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the Congress chief condemned the gangrape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu, and called it a ‘crime against humanity’. “How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil? What happened to the girl 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?” he said.
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