Delhi: Rahul Gandhi leads midnight candlelight march to protest crimes against women

AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses a press conference in New Delhi

Meanwhile, reports claim that Rahul Gandhi will lead a midnight vigil at #India Gate for Asifa. He was referring to the cases of rape and murder reported from Jammu and Uttar Pradesh. The BJP is not only involved directly, it is also protesting in favour of the culprits and stopping law enforcement agencies from doing their job.

Congress workers tried to come near Rahul Gandhi, giving hard time to the Special Protection Group (SPG) men protecting him. What do you think about the growing violence against women & children? We women seek an answer from Yogi government why is your MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar still roaming free. Somewhere a child, a woman is raped, killed and we want that the government should resolve this. "Stop Hindu-Muslim divide over her", the family members said, even though they added that they were scared they would not get justice in the case. The party said the PM's "Beti Bachao, Beti Padao" slogan had become "Beti ko BJP se bachao (save daughters from BJP)". "Zakir Hussain was the main culprit with two [other] culprits", Lekhi said as she accused the media of not playing up the BJP's comments on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.

"Today (Friday) at 10 p.m, in every district, the Congress workers will hold a candle light march against the rape incidents in Kathua and Unnao and for BJP's involvement in the crime", Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said in a tweet.

Announcing the march, Gandhi had tweeted in the evening, "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight".

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"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.

BJP spokesperson Vaibhav Aggarwal, while he was speaking, dismissed the Congress party's midnight protest and called it a "fashion walk".

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were protesting to awaken the Modi government from its "slumber".

Huge crowd had gathered at the India Gate here on Thursday midnight to protest against the incidents of rape in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh and Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.

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