Rahul Gandhi weighs in on Asifa case

Henrietta Brewer
April 13, 2018

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that his candlelight march at India Gate was not "political" but instead out of a concern for the safety of women in the country. "Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice", Rahul Gandhi had tweeted this evening amid nationwide horror over chilling details of the three-month-old crime revealed by a police charge-sheet.

Meanwhile, in a tweet, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti vowed stringent action against perpetrators of the Kathua incident.

"We want to wake up the Modi government which is fast asleep".

Intensifying its attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Yogi government, the Congress party made a decision to observe black day on April 17 to protest rising crimes against women in the country. "This is a national issue and not a political one", Gandhi said at the march in the heart of the national capital. Congress MLA Aradhana Mishra said that seriousness of the yogi government for women could be gauged from the fact that chairperson of the state women's commission is yet to be appointed.

"How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil? Hence this midnight march", Maken, the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, told reporters here.

"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". He said the country needs a change where women could feel safe. It can not go unpunished.

Surjewala said the BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir failed to give justice to the minor girl raped in Kathua and the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh did not arrest a party legislator accused of rape of girl in Unnao.

The Kathua girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from a spot near her house on January 10. Eight people have been held by the cops, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was apparently caught unawares about the protest, with Congress workers from Delhi and neighbouring areas rushing to the venue on the call of their party leader.

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