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

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

Meanwhile, reports claim that Rahul Gandhi will lead a midnight vigil at #India Gate for Asifa.

The Kathua rape and murder was a gruesome act in which an 8 year lost her life.

"We are here against crimes being committed against women, against rapes, violence and murder and the government must act on this".

"Modi is maintaining silence, so are his ministers, the situation is really bad across the country", AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said.The Congress President had given the call for a silent protest at India Gate around 9 pm on Thursday.

Stressing on the fact that the protest was a non-political one, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said the "Sab chalta hai" (everything is OK) attitude will not do and the government needs to do something regarding the issue. She also appealed to the crowd to keep calm and march silently.

Azad said the Modi government was sleeping and those facing the biggest threat were the daughters of the country during the current regime.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday, he asked how anyone could protect the perpetrators of such evil. While many, including Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, kept to their work while fasting, several ministers, among them Prakash Javadekar, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Piyush Goyal, travelled to different parts of the country to sit on fast and attack the main opposition party. The candle-light march started from Rajpath and continued till India Gate. What happened at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. Women should at least feel safe- Rahul Gandhi at the candlelight march against Kathua & Unnao cases. It can not go unpunished.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Thursday, said that the law can not be obstructed by irresponsible actions, after a group of lawyers obstructed the Crime Branch and tried to prevent it from filing a charge sheet against those accused of raping and murdering an eight-year old girl in Kathua town three months ago.

"What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?" A week later, her body was found in the same area. UP Congress committee and youth congress workers also joined the protest. Eight people have been held by the cops, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.