NEW DELHI: The President of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, led a march to the door of India in the heart of the national capital at midnight to demand justice for the violent rape and death of the young woman in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, and the alleged rape of a teenager in Unnao. Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Vadra Gandhi joined the protests that are seen as an effort to put the BJP ruler in the center and the two states in one place. The protest brought back memories of the spontaneous waves of protests that hit the India Gate after the Nirbhaya gang rape five years ago and forced parliament to enact tougher rape laws.
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- “Wherever we see, women and children are raped and killed, we want the government to act, this is a national issue, not a political one,” Rahul Gandhi, who was detained a few meters from the India Gate, told reporters.
- Gandhi, 47, said that the slogan of Beti Bachao (Hail the girl) is good. “We are saying (to PM Modi) that he should start working, implement it,” the president of Congress said in response to a question, an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Hundreds of people, predominantly Congress workers, had joined the march, responding to Mr. Gandhi’s call to join him for “a silent, peaceful and candlelit vigil” to protest against violence against women and demand justice. He was not as silent as he would have liked Sister Priyanka Vadra Gandhi to be. “Those who are here to pressure people should go home,” he told some people in the crowd.
- The leader of the Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad, insisted that the march was apolitical, but he did not hesitate to give PM Modi a blow too. “When the government sleeps, the country’s watchman sleeps … Congress has a responsibility to wake him up,” Azad said in response to a question about the idea behind the march. That coup was a reference to the release of PM Modi in the 2014 elections to make him the “chowkidar” (vigilante) of the country, not the PM.
- Congress demanded action against men accused of raping eight-year-old Asifa in Kathua of Jammu and Kashmir and the Unnao teenager from Uttar Pradesh whose father died trying to do justice.
- But it was the chilling details of Asifa’s torture described by the police in court that the outrage peaked. The girl was kidnapped on January 10 by a group of men to expel her Muslim Bakerwal community from a village in Kathua.
- She was kept sedated and gang raped repeatedly for days by a group that included police officers. When the police made arrests, a local Hindu group supported by politicians insisted that they were being framed because of the policy.
- Celebrities took the initiative, tweeting their horror at the pain that the eight year old must have suffered. “Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8-year-old boy when he’s drugged, captive, a gang raped for days and then murdered, if you do not feel his terror, you’re not human, if you do not ask for Asifa justice, you do not belong to him. nothing, “said actor and director Farhan Akhtar. Many others joined him.
- The president of Congress, who broke his silence on the death of Asifa Bano after being called to social networks, wondered how someone could “protect the guilty of such evil”. What happened to Asifa in #Kathua is a crime against humanity, it can not go unpunished. “
- Union Minister VK Singh is the only senior leader of the BJP who has strongly condemned the rape and murder of Asifa. “We have failed Asifa as a human being, but she will not be denied justice,” the foreign minister tweeted. Many other BJP ministers and leaders evaded comments on the Kathua case.