Govt must act against rape, violence; It's a national issue: Rahul Gandhi

Govt must act against rape, violence; It's a national issue: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul was joined by his sister Priyanka and brother-in-law Robert Vadra in the protests.

Somewhere a child, a woman is raped, killed and we want that the government should resolve this.

"It is a national issue and not a political one".

"This is about our women". 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. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. In Unnao an underage girl is raped by an elected representative of the BJP and members of his family. People of all parties, common people and women are here. "Now please maintain calm and walk silently", an angry Priyanka Vadra told the crowd". 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".

The leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Ambika Soni, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Ramya, Sushmita Dev and Shobha Ojha marched towards the India Gate demanding stringent punishment for the rapists.

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

Announcing the march, Gandhi had tweeted in the evening, "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight".

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in a major step against the spate of gruesome crimes against women in the country, today held a midnight march from party headquarters to India Gate.

A huge crowd has gathered for the march, led by Rahul Gandhi, against the alleged rapes of minor girls in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, and Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, where slogans were raised against the Narendra Modi government.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday, he asked how anyone could protect the perpetrators of such evil. It can not go unpunished. "What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?" he said. 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. A special investigation team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.