Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in a major step against the spate of gruesome crimes against women in the country, today held a midnight march from party headquarters to India Gate. The protest was against the recent shocking gangrapes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao.

Rahul while addressing media persons at India Gate reiterated the need for government’s intervention in the soaring crimes against women. He said that it was not a political issue but a fight for justice.

“It is a national issue and not a political one. The issue concerns women and here we are joined by several parties and women.
I want to say that the atrocities against women need to be addressed by the government. PM Modi should begin working towards saving the women of the country,” said Rahul.

He added that women in the country deserve freedom and safety. “India’s women should be able to walk freely on the roads, should be able to live her life peacefully,” said the Gandhi scion. Rahul said that he was joined by members of several other parties and common men and women in the midnight protests.

Rahul was joined by his sister Priyanka and brother-in-law Robert Vadra in the protests. The parents of Jyoti Singh, known as Nirbhaya, who died after being brutally gangraped in the national capital in 2012 were also present for the demonstration. Her gangrape and murder had promoted similar protests at India Gate in December 2012.

At the protest march, several angry citizens were seen raising slogans against the government demanding stringent punishment for the perpetrators.

“It’s not about politics. We’re standing here on humanitarian grounds. The greatest and the only religion is humanity. If you can’t follow that religion, you’re not worth any other religion,” Mariam a protestor told India Today.

KATHUA AND UNNAO RAPE CASES

The gangrape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua has sent shockwaves across the nation. The incident took a tumultuous turn after chargesheet in the case revealed horrifying details of the gruesome incident. All eight accused in the case have been arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Meanwhile, in a tweet, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti vowed stringent action against perpetrators of the Kathua incident. Mufti said that her government will table a new law to make death penalty mandatory for raping minors.

In a similar incident, another gangrape incident came to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao. The minor victim here alleged that she was repeatedly raped by a group including BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. On Wednesday, Sengar, appeared before the Lucknow SSP. He said that charges against him were fabricated and that he was open to any kind of investigation.

On Thursday, a Special Investigation Team probing the Unnao rape case handed over the case to Central Bureau of Investigation following Centre’s approval of Uttar Pradesh government’s demand to involve the premier agency for probe. Now, the CBI will decide on the arrest of Sengar.

Both Kathua and Unnao case have given the Opposition parties enough momentum to target the NDA-led government over the deteriorating state of law and order in the both the states.

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