Rahul Gandhi makes PM Modi's silence an issue as India awaits

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Ashok Gehlot, in-charge of the organisation said Congress units in every State will be holding candlelight vigils to highlight crimes against women.

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".

The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and the inaction of police in the rape of a 17-year-old in Uttar Pradesh' Unnao involving a sitting BJP legislator has led to national outrage.

Aware of his newly-found niche on the social media, Rahul, on micro blogging site of twitter, has questioned the silence of PM Modi terming it as 'unacceptable.

The candlelight protest on Thursday was called at a short notice, but it saw people converging at the India Gate in sizeable numbers to express their support.

Leading the candle march at India Gate Rahul Gandhi said, "We want the government to act against violence and crimes against women".

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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.

Apart from scores of Congress workers, there were also students, people from civil society groups, professionals and mediapersons in the march. "Such incidents shake our sensibilities", Modi said. "We had said this before as well, that women and children are in danger in your government", Azad was quoted as saying.

Later, on Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti requested J&K HC Chief Justice for the establishment of special fast-track court for Kathua Rape Case.

In another case, BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly raping a minor girl in Unnao town of the state.

When the girl wrote to PM Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Adityanath, accusing the MLA of rape, action was taken, Lekhi added.

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