A day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi led a candle-light march at midnight at India Gate to protest against the incidents of rape in Kathua and Unnao, the party has now called upon its leaders across the country to hold similar candle-light demonstrations in all state and district headquarters.
On Friday, Congress leaders said that while the Prime Minister had finally broken his silence on the issue, there has been "no real and tangible action" so far. His tweets made no mention of the BJP, but Congress leaders accused the Narendra Modi government of shielding rapists. "India is waiting. Speak up", Gandhi said in a tweet.
"Speaking at an event in Delhi, the prime minister on Thursday said, " I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared" and justice will be delivered to its daughters".
Several top Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, took part in the march to the India Gate at the heart of the national capital. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also directed the party cadres at state and district level to stage demonstrations across the country, demanding justice for the victims. India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. Prime Minister had given a slogan "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" (Save the Daughter, Teach the Daughter) and it is during his regime that our girls are being raped. 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. What happened at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. Her family alleged that she was raped by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplice a year ago, and no action was taken against the accused. Her body was found in the same area a week later.
It said: "The Kathua case be transferred to Delhi, away from Jammu and Kashmir, where a free and fair trial is not possible in the communally vitiated atmosphere, and action be taken against the police officers who destroyed evidence".