Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases that have sparked widespread protests, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today questioned the PM's silence. "I got a message from a Congress convener at 8.30 pm that we have to gather at the DPCC office, from where we will leave for India Gate to join Rahul Gandhi", said Vijay Jatyan, state coordinator of the Delhi Congress. "India is waiting. #SpeakUp", Rahul tweeted.
Following Gandhi's protest, some PCC units too staged protests on Friday.
An eight-year-old Asifa Bona was raped and murdered in a temple in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. The issue concerns women and here we are joined by several parties and women. "We had said this before as well, that women and children are in danger in your government", Azad was quoted as saying.
In her reaction, National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) general secretary Annie Raja said: "Sexual violence against women has been on the rise and the government must take measures to ensure security for women and to protect their constitutional rights". Prime Minister had given a slogan "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" (Save the Daughter, Teach the Daughter) and it is during his regime that our girls are being raped.
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On the instruction of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, party members will hold candlelight march in all state capitals protest over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.
The party also accused the BJP party of shielding Uttar Pradesh legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who on Thursday was formally charged with raping a 17-year-old girl in Unnao district.
Nine accused, including the alleged mastermind Sanji Ram - an ex-bureaucrat - and his son Vishal Kumar, a police head constable, two SPOs and a sub-inspector of police, have been arrested in the case.
The Congress was protesting the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu's Kathua district. The party attached a news report with the tweet about the UP government deciding to withdraw a rape and kidnapping case against former Union minister Swami Chinmayananda.