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READ | Rahul Gandhi Leads Midnight March in Delhi to Demand Justice in Kathua, Unnao Rape Cases, Priyanka Joins Him
Rahul said the protest march was not a political fight but a signal to the government that it must resolve issues of women safety.
RAHUL GANDHI SPEAKS | "India's women are on this day scared to step out of the house. We want the government to resolve this issue. We want the women to live in peace and security," says Rahul Gandhi during his midnight march at the India Gate. He adds, "This is not a political issue. There are people from different political parties who have gathered here."
READ | Ashamed of Lawyers Supporting Accused in Kathua Rape Case, They've Failed the Nation: Muzaffar Baig
PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig said that he believes there is no question of Mufti resigning on moral grounds, instead she should ensure that justice is delivered to the little girl who was violated and murdered with pre-meditated brutality.
Several Congress leaders also poked fun at the Modi government's Beti Bachao slogan, saying the daughters were not safe in the country. Announcing the march, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted in the evening, "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight. India simply cannot continue to treat its women the way it does."
PRIYANKA HECKLED AT WOMEN'S MARCH | Priyanka Gandhi Vadra heckled at the march as several protesters gathered around and some even pushed her while she was trying to talk to the media at the India Gate. In a video shot by CNN-News18's Zeba Warsi showed Priyanka and other women marchers being pushed and shoved at the march.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi led a midnight candle light march to the India Gate here to protest the Kathua and Unnao minor rape cases with the party leaders alleging that the daughters of the country were not safe in the Modi regime. Gandhi was joined by his sister Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra, as also scores of Congress leaders, party workers and students, who shouted slogans against the Modi government and the state governments in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir and demanded urgent action against the perpetrators of two heinous gangrapes -- one in Unnao (UP) and the other in Kathua (J&K).
READ | People With 'Kashmir-centric Mindset' Portraying Stir for CBI Probe as Communal: Jammu Bar Association
Jammu: The Bar Association of Jammu (BAJ) on Thursday alleged that their agitation for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape and murder case to ensure justice for the eight-year-old-victim was being portrayed as communal by those with a "Kashmir-centric mindset".
MUFTI STATEMENT | Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said her government will enact a new law to make rape of minors punishable by death and asserted that justice will be delivered in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl in Kathua district. The rape and murder of the girl from the nomadic community has created a controversy after lawyers in Jammu called for a shutdown on Wednesday, demanding the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). We will never ever let another child suffer in this way. We will bring a new law that will make the death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors, so that little girl's case becomes the last, Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.
READ | 'Failed Her as Humans': Chilling Kathua Rape Chargesheet Jolts India's Political Class Out of Slumber
As shocking details from the chargesheet made their way to public discourse, politicians and celebrities took to social media, with Union minister VK Singh among the first to comment from the Centre.
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