Kathua rape case: Rahul Gandhi, party leaders hold midnight march

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Actually neither case is recent, and that it has taken so long for them to get national attention only underlines how hard the fight for justice still remains for rape victims even five years after passage of the Nirbhaya legislation - particularly when the accused enjoy political power or patronage. India wants to know: "when?" But certain sections of the party privately wondered the political rationale behind Gandhi's midnight vigil when the rest of the country was sleeping, thereby, liming its visibility and impact.

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

After the PM Modi's statement the two BJP leaders Lal Singh, Chander Prakash, who supported Kathua rape accused by participating a rally, submitted their resignation to the state party chief.

"You see their plan, first shout "minority minority", then "Dalit Dalit", and now "women women" and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the centre. India is waiting. #SpeakUp", Rahul tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra are also among hundreds of Congress leaders and workers present at the march
Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra are also among hundreds of Congress leaders and workers present at the march

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today described the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua as "unimaginable brutality" that cannot go unpunished, and wondered how anybody can seek to protect the culprits. Fighting for justice without success, the rape survivor attempted suicide in front of the residence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, bringing her incident into the spotlight. Thousands of members of a radical Hindu group with links to the ruling party have marched to demand the release of the seven men accused in the case.

J&K DGP SP Vaid while condemning the politicization of the rape case has said, "It's a very heinous crime".

Mr Gandhi had said last night that the Beti Bachao (Save the girl child) slogan is good. The eight-year-old girl belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe in Kathua district was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed in January.

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