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LIVE: Priyanka, Rahul Gandhi's Midnight March to Protest Kathua, Unnao Rape Cases Reaches India Gate

News18.com | April 13, 2018, 1:11 AM IST
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi marched from the Congress headquarters to India Gate in the heart of Delhi at midnight to demand justice for the Kathua and Unnao rape victims. "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight. India simply cannot continue to treat its women the way it does. Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice," he said in a tweet. The midnight march comes amid nationwide horror over the chilling details of the brutal gangrape of an 8-year-old being revealed in a chargesheet filed by Jammu and Kashmir police. In Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, the BJP MLA accused of rape has still not been arrested despite a case being registered under POCSO, which mandates immediate arrest. The case has now been transferred to the CBI.

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Apr 13, 2018 1:11 am (IST)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has left the India Gate area and the police have opened the barricades, people are leaving. Severe traffic jam in the area as thousands try to leave protest venue.

Apr 13, 2018 1:04 am (IST)

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.

Apr 13, 2018 12:51 am (IST)

RAHUL LEAVES | After making a brief statement, Congress President Rahul Gandhi leaves the midnight protest march at India Gate. 

Apr 13, 2018 12:50 am (IST)

Robert Vadra tells CNN-News18, “We have to respect our women... it’s insane what’s going on. We need change. Need justice for the little girl.”

Apr 13, 2018 12:46 am (IST)

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."

Apr 13, 2018 12:42 am (IST)

PRIYANKA GANDHI UPSET | After being heckled by fellow protesters and those who have come in support of the Congress march, Priyanka Gandhi gets upset abd says those who want to push and shove each other, they can go homes.

Apr 13, 2018 12:39 am (IST)

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.

Apr 13, 2018 12:33 am (IST)

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."

Apr 13, 2018 12:32 am (IST)

The Congress leaders present at the protest march to the India Gate, which in the past has seen a huge protest in the Nirbhaya rape case, included Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Salman Khurshid, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Sushmita Dev, Haroon Yusuf, Randeep Surjewala and Ambika Soni.

Apr 13, 2018 12:31 am (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra heckled.

Apr 13, 2018 12:28 am (IST)

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.

Apr 13, 2018 12:24 am (IST)

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).

Apr 13, 2018 12:15 am (IST)

Why is the media stopping us from reaching India Gate. Stay quiet. Remember what you've come here for. Let us march or we'll sit here all night: Priyanka Gandhi

Apr 13, 2018 12:14 am (IST)

Congress workers and Priyanka Gandhi sit on the road in the India Gate area. (Image: Rounak Gunjan/News18)

Apr 13, 2018 12:12 am (IST)

MASSIVE GATHERING | Around 3,000 people have gathered in and around India Gate while police have put up several barricades around the area, however, several hundreds jumped over the barricades and overpowered the police presence and are now marching towards the venue. 

Apr 13, 2018 12:08 am (IST)
Apr 13, 2018 12:03 am (IST)

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".

Apr 13, 2018 12:01 am (IST)

Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra have joined the protests along with their children. (TV grab)

Apr 12, 2018 11:57 pm (IST)

PRIYANKA GANDHI AT INDIA GATE | Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and husband Robert Vadra arrive at the India Gate protest march. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi too reaches the protest venue along with several other Congress leaders.

Apr 12, 2018 11:52 pm (IST)

Hundreds have gathered at the India Gate protest with candles in hand. (Image: News18)

Apr 12, 2018 11:51 pm (IST)

SLOGANS AGAINST MODI | Slogans being raised at India gate. “Jootey maaro saalo ko”; “Phansi do”; "Narendra Modi sharam karo, Narendra Modi doob maro". This was supposed to be a silent march with candles in hand.

Apr 12, 2018 11:44 pm (IST)

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.

Apr 12, 2018 11:43 pm (IST)

Protesters wait for Congress president Rahul Gandhi to join the protests. (Image: News18)

Apr 12, 2018 11:36 pm (IST)

SLOGANS IN SILENT MARCH | The women and organisers constantly talking of it being a peaceful march. Slogans not allowed. Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee joins the march and many defy instructions to carry out a silent protest and shout political slogans against government.

Apr 12, 2018 11:35 pm (IST)

Congress workers start marching from Congress headquarters. (Image: News18)

Apr 12, 2018 11:31 pm (IST)

Actor Priyanka Chopra tweets: How many more children like baby ***** will be sacrificed at the intersect of religion & politics? how many more children will have to suffer unimaginable crimes before we wake up? I’m disgusted. it’s time for swift action. we owe it to asifa and to humanity.

Apr 12, 2018 11:29 pm (IST)

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Randeep Surjewala and others start marching towards India Gate. (Image: News18)

Apr 12, 2018 11:26 pm (IST)

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.

Apr 12, 2018 11:25 pm (IST)

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and party president Rahul Gandhi arrive at the Congress headquarters at 24, Akbar Road.

Apr 12, 2018 11:23 pm (IST)

While the Congress leaders present at the protest have been repeating each other's words saying this is not a political protest and it is "neutral" march of humanity, the gathering mostly consists of Congress workers, volunteers and supporters so far.

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