Govt must act against rape, violence; Its a national issue: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Raj Babbar

UP Congress chief Raj Babbar. Express

Rahul Gandhi, along with prominent Congress party leaders like Priyanka Vadra, Robert Vadra, Randeep Surejwala, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and other eminent leaders, led a candle-light march at the India Gate in New Delhi on Thursday midnight as a silent protest to the Unnao rape case and the Kathua rape case.

We want the govt to act against violence & crimes against women.

"This is about our women". However, some common people, who had nothing to do with the party, also attended the protest. This situation in the country is such today that one after another incident of murder, rape and violence is taking place.

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A huge crowd gathered for the march where slogans were raised against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the Government should intervene in such cases of rape happening in the country.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire. She also appealed to the crowd to keep calm and march silently. "The graph of crimes against women has gone up in India and BJP ruled states and thus, the congress party will observe April 17 as the black day against this trend", said Sushmita Dev, president All India Mahila Congress. "We had said this before as well, that women and children are in danger in your government", Azad was quoted as saying. "How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil?" he said on Twitter. What happened to Asifa is a disgrace to humanity. It can not go unpunished.

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The four-time lawmaker and his brothers allegedly gang-raped the girl in Unnao - who later attempted suicide outside Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's residence in Lucknow on Sunday. "What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?" his tweet read. The city's bar association has opposed the action against the accused and alleged that minority Dogras were being targeted.

The protest march, which began from the AICC headquarters at 11 PM, is said to have been planned in barely a few hours.

Later, the arrested leaders were taken to the Cantonment police station and were released. "It is a sad state of affairs".

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