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Rahul Gandhi claims Kathua, Unnao midnight protest 'wont' go in vain'

Rahul Gandhi claims Kathua, Unnao midnight protest 'wont' go in vain'

Maken's tweet came in the wake of Congress President Rahul Gandhi's Thursday midnight protest by the party workers at the India Gate here against the "slumber" of Narendra Modi government over the rape incidents. Priyanka's husband Robert Vadra and her children (son and daughter) were also present along with many other Congress leaders, party workers and others.

On Thursday midnight Congress called for a candle march protest at India Gate to show the outrage of the people. Thousands are present here including the common people and people from all parties. "We will have to strengthen family systems, social values and justice delivery system", he said. "This is an issue of national importance.The government should do something to ensurer safety of women in the nation".

Slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for covering up the rape incidents, the former union minister said, "The BJP has been exposed as they were trying to shield their leaders". Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. We want the government to resolve this matter.

The issue transcends political lines, said the Congress president.

"I only want to say that the atrocities being committed against women, the government should something about it".

Gandhi was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi. "We are all ashamed as a society, as a country", Modi said, speaking at the inauguration of the Ambedkar National Memorial here. She also appealed to the crowd to keep calm and march silently.

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She, however, said they were "misled and misguided" by people and accused the Congress of communalising the rape incidents. PM had given a slogan "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" and it's in his regime that our girls are being raped. Ashok Gehlot, in-charge of the organisation said Congress units in every State will be holding candlelight vigils to highlight crimes against women.

"How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil?" Madhav said, "such crimes (Kathua) are inhuman and any attempt to communalise them needs to be condemned unequivocally".

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?" he said.

The eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped in January this year, was held captive at a place of worship for almost a week and raped before she was finally killed.

She was sedated and repeatedly raped before her head was smashed and her body thrown in the forests next to Rasana village.