Rape cases: Congress to hold candlelight march across Delhi

AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses a press conference in New Delhi

AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala

Modi's response comes a day after the Leader of Opposition and Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi's demand of Modi's intervention in the issue.

Congress president raised the Beti Bachao slogan to showcase the large number of rapes, molestations, and attacks on college girls and working women in public transport, domestic violence, and police stations.

Huge crowd had gathered at the India Gate here on Thursday midnight to protest against the incidents of rape in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh and Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Our daughters will definitely get justice". "You can see people across parties have joined us here tonight", Gandhi told reporters. This situation is such today that one after another incident of murder, rape and violence is taking place in various parts of the country.

Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken led the protest march at the Red Fort at 10 PM while senior party leaders and workers attended similar marches in all 14 districts in the city. India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does. Reacting to Modi's comments, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said: "We are thankful that the Prime Minister has spoken at last..." Prime Minister, your silence is unacceptable. The PM had given a slogan "beti Padhao, beti bachao" and it's in his regime that our girls are being raped. What happened at #Kathua is a crime against humanity.

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Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in an interview to a news channel, had stated that the culprits in both Kathua and Unnao would be punished and justice done to the victims. "What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?"

On January 17, the body of a minor girl was found in the forests near Rasana, Hiranagar.

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 police had barricaded all the routes leading to India Gate. "The person, the party and the government that look at rape through the prism of class and religion have to be criticised", he said.

Nirbhaya's parents were also present at the mid-night protest on Thursday night.

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