Rahul Reaches India Gate to Lead Midnight March Against Atrocities on Women


A huge crowd has gathered for the march, led by Rahul Gandhi, against the alleged rapes of minor girls in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, and Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, where slogans were raised against the Narendra Modi government.

Similar protests had been held at India Gate after the brutal gang-rape of 23-year-old paramedical student Nirbhaya in 2012. Rahul said that he was joined by members of several other parties and common men and women in the midnight protests. Congress MLA Aradhana Mishra said that seriousness of the yogi government for women could be gauged from the fact that chairperson of the state women's commission is yet to be appointed.

Meanwhile, in a tweet, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti vowed stringent action against perpetrators of the Kathua incident. "We do not want to spend 10 years in discussions without any tangible outcomes", he said. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses.

He added that women in the country deserve freedom and safety. Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice, " Gandhi tweeted.

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"Our message to those who are allowing the Unnao and Kathua rape horrors to happen is this - don't try to divide our country on religious lines because that is the work of evil and such people will be shown the door when elections come", Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi told Firstpost. "India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does", the Congress chief said in a tweet.

He said Modi's slogan of "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" was a correct slogan. Although Rahul Gandhi himself did not mention elections, Congress party acolytes are relishing the prospect that some of the outpouring of support from Thursday night may linger until 2019.

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid took to Twitter and said, "PM Modi reflects on what your ideology is doing o India". Numerous supporters protested for the dismissal of the Narendra Modi government from the Centre. Delhi Congress workers will join Gandhi in the protest, reported PTI. The two-hour-long demonstration ended with the detention of the protestors. She also appealed to the crowd to keep calm and march silently.