On the instructions of party president Rahul Gandhi, Congress workers will hold a candle-light march at the capitals of all the states across the nation to protest the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, reported ANI.
Earlier in the day, Rahul thanked thousands of men and women who took part in his midnight march to demand justice for the Kathua and Unnao rape victims.
“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. I thank each and every one of you for your support. It shall not be in vain,” the Congress president tweeted.
On Thursday night, Rahul led a candle-light march to the India Gate in the heart of the national capital to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the increasing crime against women and demand justice for the Kathua and Unnao rape victims.
Apart from Rahul, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with her husband Robert Vadra and scores other Congress leader also joined the protest march.
On January 10, an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua was kidnapped and raped again and again before being brutally murdered by a group of men to hound her nomadic Muslim tribe community out of the Rassana area of Kathua.
According to the agency investigating the case, she was kept at Devsthan or a place of worship at Rasana village. She was drugged and gang-raped before being brutally murdered.
In Unnao, a 16-year-old teenager alleged that BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar along with his brother Atul Singh Sengar and other people gang-raped her at his residence on June 4, 2017.
After filing of the case, the victim’s father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3 this year and kept under police custody on April 5.
Frustrated with the alleged inaction and coercion from powerful people, the victim attempted self-immolation in front of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence on April 8 which made headlines.
The next day, her father died in jail with post-mortem report suggesting serious injuries on his body.