Rape cases: Congress to hold candlelight march across Delhi

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Rahul Gandhi¿s sister and brother-in-law Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra, respectively, have also joined the protest with another prominent leader like Ambika Soni, Shobha Ojha, Ajay Maken and others.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi had spoken out against the rape of Asifa in Kathua in a tweet.

Perhaps, Gandhi had in mind the backlash he and his party faced for their delayed response to the gang rape of a paramedic in Delhi on December 16, 2012.

Gandhi, amid slogans against the BJP and the prime minister during the march last night, had claimed that the women of the country are afraid to go out and the government must ensure their safety. What do YOU think about the growing violence against women and children? 2.

"We want the government to take action". He is also likely to reach out to the parents of the victim, sources in the party said.

"Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women".

This is one of the ways the Congress president, who tweeted at 9.39 pm, managed to rally over 1,000 people in hours.

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In a statement issued to KNS, JKPCC Chief said that it is a most heinous and barbaric crime against the humanity in any society and falls under the category of rarest of the rare case.

Commenting on the Kathua and Unnao horror incidents, All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) general secretary Mariam Dhawale demanded that "In both the cases, the culprits must be arrested and bails should not be granted to them".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was apparently caught unawares about the protest, with Congress workers from Delhi and neighbouring areas rushing to the venue on the call of their party leader.

Congress hit out at PM Narendra Modi for calling it "anti-Ambedkar", saying no amount of aggression on his part can hide the fact that BJP-RSS ideology is inimical to interests of Dalits.

The party questioned why the UP police had not arrested the Unnao rape accused, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi too was fielded by party in the day to distance the saffron outfit from the two ministers in J&K for defending the accused.

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