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Kathua, Unnao rape-case

"This is a national issue and not a political one", said Gandhi as Congress leaders and workers marched towards India Gate before police dispersed them.

"This is about our women".

To keep the protests apolitical, Rahul also refrained from any reference to the Congress party or its headquarters at 24, Akbar Road in his Tweet on Thursday night inviting people to join him for a midnight vigil at India Gate.

On the instruction of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, party members will hold candlelight march in all state capitals protest over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. "How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil?" he said on Twitter.

#Kathua: Justice For Asifa: Will Mehbooba sack the BJP duo, now? "He isn't taking action against his ministers who are trying to save the rape accused", said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The Congress workers badgered Priyanka Gandhi to express their anger and grief over the incidents of rape in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao.

"He is seen to be holding meetings with the UP CM has even declared that the complainant and her family are "nimna star ke log" (lowly people)". It can not go unpunished.

"Organisations like All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA), All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA), NFIW, PMS, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students" Union (JNUSU), All India Students Association (AISA), SFI, KYS and several others joined the protest. Fighting for justice without success, the rape survivor attempted suicide in front of the residence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, bringing her incident into the spotlight.

Speaking to The Statesman, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan general secretary Poonam Kaushik said, "We demand immediate arrest of BJP MLA Sengar". His statement came as a reference to the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl in UP's Unnao and of an 8-year-old girl in J&K's Kathua.

Social media has been boiling with outrage over the communalising of the rape and murder of the Kathua victim.

In the first reaction in days from a BJP Minister, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh tweeted: "With what happened to the eight-year-old girl in Kathua, it seems being a human is an insult, and animals are better".


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