Even as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is being cornered over the Unnao rape case, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday referred to rape-murder case of a Kathua girl, saying "criminals of such horrific acts can't go unpunished". "Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice", he tweeted earlier today.
The situation in Jammu has been tense since the Kathua rape and murder.
Rahul while addressing media persons at India Gate reiterated the need for government's intervention in the soaring crimes against women. "A headless women's commission suggests how casually BJP government takes the issues pertaining to women", she said. With the crowds making a rush towards Congress leaders, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra looked a bit miffed with their behaviour. "Our daughters are not safe while this government is in power", multiple Congress leaders said in unison as the crowds dispersed around 2:30am.
"Our message to those who are allowing the Unnao and Kathua rape horrors to happen is this - don't try to divide our country on religious lines because that is the work of evil and such people will be shown the door when elections come", Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi told Firstpost.
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Many were shouting slogans like "Modi Bhagao, Beti Bachao" as they held candles as a mark of protest.
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. It can not go unpunished.
The minor, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area.
A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence. BJP president Amit Shah joined his party colleagues in Karnataka to protest against the Congress's "disruptions" of Parliament.