Armed with placards, Congress workers in Raipur stage protest
Chhattisgarh Congress workers hold candle light march at Raipur
देश में महिलाओं पर बढ़ते अत्याचार के विरोध में प्रदेश अध्यक्ष भूपेश बघेल एवं नेता प्रतिपक्ष टीएस सिंहदेव के नेतृत्व में सांय सात बजे रायपुर में कांग्रेस भवन से जय स्तंभ चौक तक पैदल कैंडल मार्च निकाला जाएगा। सो रहे चौकीदार को तो अब बोलना ही होगा। #SpeakUp#IndiaMarchForJustice
If women are suppressed, it is a blatant attack on the spirit of democracy: Ashok Gehlot
Our President Sh #RahulGandhi is a firm believer in empowerment for the other half of the population, If women are suppressed, it is a blatant attack on the spirit of democracy. Our party draws inspiration from his thoughts, and from the time-tested ideals of the Congress party.
Kathua and Unnao rape cases cannot be termed normal: Congress
Speaking to the press earlier today, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi noted that the Kathua and Unnao incidents cannot be termed as "normal cases" and said these have shamed the nation.
The BJP cannot belittle the fight of women for equality and dignity, the party said.
Narendra Modi breaks silence on rape cases
In his first comments on the gruesome incidents of rape in Unnao and Kathua, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that no criminal will be spared and daughters will get justice. He said such incidents shake our sensibilities.
Congress to hold candle light march at Indore today
Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav along with PCC secretary Sanjay Kapur will hold a candle light March at Indore from Gandhi Hall to Gandhi Statue at Regal Chowraha. It will begin at 7 pm.
Candle March in respective state capitals will begin after the sunset and it becomes dark.
Congress holds protest at Mumbai's Azad Maidan
AIMCC GS Smt. Janet D'souza Mumbai Mahila Congress President Smt. Ajanta Yadav along with Congress Activists & Civil Society members header by Smt. Suchita Dalal protested at Azad Maidan to demand justice against the horrendous Rape of #UNNAO & #Kathua Its Time, PM Modi #SpeakUppic.twitter.com/MPWIWktgiu
Congress continues protest over rising crimes against women in the country
Congress national spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi told Firstpost, "Taking a cue from yesterday's midnight candle light March in New Delhi from AICC HQ to India Gate led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the Pradesh Congress Committees in states will also hold candle light march."
Madhya Pradesh Congress to hold protest in Bhopal at 7 pm today
The Pradesh Congress Committee of Madhya Pradesh will hold a candle light March at Prabhat Chowk in Bhopal. Several Congress workers especially the youth have started gathering at PCC office 'Indira Bhawan' in Bhopal. Many will join the rally near Prabhat Chowk.
Congress ups the ante against the govt
The party has upped the ante against the government over alleged inaction in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. On Thursday, party president Rahul Gandhi led a midnight march to the India Gate in Delhi asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save and protect the girl child.
Gandhi, amid slogans against the BJP and the prime minister during the march, had claimed that the women of the country are afraid to go out and the government must ensure their safety.
Congress to stage nationwide protests today
Congress will take forward the protest march against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases and has asked its cadres at state and district headquarters to stage similar demonstrations across the country on Friday, demanding justice for the victims.
The party general secretary (organisation) Ashok Gehlot has told all state Congress chiefs to galvanise the cadres in each state and stage candle-light marches at all state and district headquarters.
Rahul Gandhi tears into BJP for Unnao and Kathua horror and then leaves India Gate around 1:30 am Friday
"This is not a political issue but a national issue. This is related to atrocities against women. Government should come forward and do something for women's safety. Here, common man and representatives of different parties have gathered seeking justice for victims."
What happened in Kathua is beyond humanity: Rahul Gandhi at India Gate
"What happened in Kathua is beyond humanity, an 8 year old innocent was kidnapped, brutally raped by many men, including a juvenile and tortured till she died. This defies all human values we have grown with as a society.
This brutality instead of being punished is actually being shielded. We absolutely condemn this and hope BJP wakes up to its commitment to the people of the nation and ensures stringent punishment is meted out to the perpetrators of the crime.
We see similarly how in Unnao an underage girl was allegedly raped by elected representative of the BJP and members of his family. Instead of ensuring justice was done to the victim, we have seen how ger family has been threatened and silenced by the accused.
The father of the victim was beaten to death in judicial custody. Only an outrage led to action from Adityanath government. In both the cases we seek immediate action against the accused and allowing justice to prevail even if it involves those who hold positions of power".
BJP government's Beti Bachao tag line becomes the night's marquee poster
"We'll have the wake up the government": Ghulam Nabi Azad
The govt is sleeping & so at this time Congress will have to wake them up. PM had given a slogan 'Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao' & it's in his regime that our girls are being raped. He isn't taking action against his ministers who are trying to save the rape accused: Ghulam Nabi Azad pic.twitter.com/PtfZkFlbSB
Rahul Gandhi arrives at India Gate, accompanied by Ashok Gehlot and party cadre
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi comes to Rahul Gandhi's defence on Twitter
RG was and is with the family of Nirbhaya, I am sure you would have got to know her family's view. However, I am sure you seek justice for 8 year old Asifa AND Unnao's CV 16 year old braveheart & just as much as you did for Nirbhaya like all Indians. 🙏 https://t.co/m4fnsyKLhI
This is a protest against Modi government: Priyanka Chaturvedi
"This candle March is to raise a voice of protest against Modi government and create awareness amongst people about the atrocities and injustice in the country, and how the government is maintaining silence and not taking action against the accused," Congress spokesperson Chaturvedi told Firstpost.
Scene outside Congress HQ at 24 Akbar Road in New Delhi
"Shaken to my core": Anushka Sharma
The cruelest form of evil is harming an innocent child. What is happening to the world we live in??? These people should be given the most severe punishment there is! Where are we heading as humanity? Shaken to my core.#JusticeforAsifa
The candlelight march will start from AICC Head Quarters, 24 Akbar Road, and end at India Gate
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM Nirmal Singh speaks up on the two rape cases
Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM Nirmal Singh says, "Justice should be done to her.There shouldn't be politics on that.Criminals who did it have no religion like terrorists have no religion. All communities, Hindu & Muslims have fought for that girl & only disgruntled elements are trying to give wrong message." -ANI
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, intensifying his attack on the Centre over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, is holding a candlelight protest at India Gate in New Delhi.
File image of Rahul Gandhi. Twitter@INCIndia
The Congress has been slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the on two cases of gang rape in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, both BJP-ruled state.
Rahul, earlier took to Twitter to express anguish and shock on the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, while he taunted the BJP for failing to act against its own MLA accused of gang-rape and murdering the victim's father in Uttar Pradesh.
UP में अपनी बेटी के लिए न्याय की गुहार कर रहे एक पिता पर हुई बर्बरता ने मानवता को शर्मसार कर दिया है। आशा है कि प्रधानमंत्रीजी भाजपा शासन में महिलाओं पर हो रहे अत्याचार, कानून तंत्र की विफलता और बढ़ती अराजकता के लिए भी जल्द ही उपवास रखेंगे। pic.twitter.com/MsXOW0QbPW — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 11, 2018
The Congress party also lashed out at the government after two BJP ministers in Kashmir were seen making controversial comments in favour of the accused in the Kathua rape case.
Slamming Modi over his day-long fast against the washout of the second part of Parliament's budget session due to disruptions, which the BJP blames on the Congress, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said: "Why don't you fast against incidents of rape?"
In the Unnao rape case, a 17-year-old minor has alleged that BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his men abducted and gang-raped her in 2017. The woman tried to immolate herself in front of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence, alleging police inaction. The woman's father, who had been picked up by the police on some vague charges died the next day, on 3 April, after being thrashed by Sengar's brother and his supporters.
The MLA has made several appearances in front of the media and claimed his innocence. Meanwhile, the government failed to arrest Sengar while an FIR was only registered on Thursday under various sections of IPC, including the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act. The case has now been handed over to the CBI.
In the Kathua case, a small child of eight was picked up by the members of the majority community, apparently to scare and dislodge the members of the girl's nomadic tribe from the area. A crime that is described in blood curling detail in the chargesheet filed by a SIT of Jammu and Kashmir Police, the child was raped five times by four men and was later strangulated and bashed to death. The SIT has arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence. Lawyers of the Jammu Bar Association and members of Hindu Ekta Mach have been protesting against the arrest. They demand a CBI probe alleging that the local police is biased against the Dogra community and is incriminating them on false charges.