Delhi: Rahul Gandhi leads midnight candlelight march to protest crimes against women

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"The security of women is at stake in all BJP-ruled states, while the incidents in Haryana and even in Kathua of Jammu and Kashmir, prove how these BJP people treat women", she alleged.

Rahul while addressing media persons at India Gate reiterated the need for government's intervention in the soaring crimes against women.

Rahul Gandhi was protesting against the "silence" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the rapes and to seek justice for the victims.

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Gandhi said it was a national issue and not a political issue. With the crowds making a rush towards Congress leaders, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra looked a bit miffed with their behaviour. Azad said the Modi government was sleeping at a time the daughters of the country are facing a threat to their lives. The candle-light march started from Rajpath and continued till India Gate.

He tweeted: "How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil?"

The Congress President tweeted on late Thursday night about his intention to go on a candle march. They targeted the Modi government's "Beti Bachao" slogan, saying the daughters were not safe in the country. What happened at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. Stating that both central and state governments had taken the issue of safety of women for granted, former Congress MP Unnao, Annu Tandon said: "the case in Unnao lends a face to many other victims across UP". It can not go unpunished.

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A few days back, an eight-year-old girl from Bakharwal nomadic community was drugged, gang-raped, brutalised and murdered allegedly by men who wanted to instil fear and drive the community out of the region.

"What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child", he asked.

Shocking the nation, the minor was held captive by the accused at a temple and later she was raped, mutilated and murdered in Rassana village of Kathua, months ago, crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir police stated. The horrific incident dates back to January 17, when a lifeless body of Asifa Bano was found in Hiranagar area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

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"Those who are here to push around people must go home". BJP president Amit Shah joined his party colleagues in Karnataka to protest against the Congress's "disruptions" of Parliament.

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