Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders hit streets demanding #JusticeForAsifa, gather at India Gate

  • Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders hit streets demanding #JusticeForAsifa, gather at India Gate

Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders hit streets demanding #JusticeForAsifa, gather at India Gate

"The government is sleeping and so at this time, Congress will have to wake them up". "We are telling him (PM Modi) that he should get down to the job, implement it", the Congress president had said during the protests that are seen to be an effort to put the ruling BJP at the centre and the two states in a spot. Actually neither case is recent, and that it has taken so long for them to get national attention only underlines how hard the fight for justice still remains for rape victims even five years after passage of the Nirbhaya legislation - particularly when the accused enjoy political power or patronage.

Those standing for rapists could be chauvinists or opportunists, but not Hindus, he said. Expressing distress over the rape of 18-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district and gangrape and murder of eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, the Congress party has organised the midnight march here and appealed everyone to join it.

Attacking the PM, Rahul tweeted, "Dear Prime Minister, Thank you for breaking your long silence". Rahul Gandhi in his tweet wrote, "Mr". Two of the BJP ministers who supported the accused in the Kathua rape case too have resigned from their posts on Friday. Thousands are present here including the common people and people from all parties.

Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi led a midnight march to India Gate on April 12 joined by his sister Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra as also their children, in addition to scores of Congress leaders, party workers and others.

The Minister said that law agencies and government were "taking necessary action" in the rape incidents.

The Kathua rape case relates to an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community who had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua in the Jammu region on 10 January. He said there were repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country. He said Modi's slogan of "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" was a correct slogan.