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Rahul Reaches India Gate to Lead Midnight March Against Atrocities on Women

13 April 2018

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday night led a flash protest at the India Gate to protest the rape of a minor girl in Kathua and that of a teen in Unnao, bringing back memories of a similar agitation in 2012 that brought down the UPA-II government.

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Rahul while addressing media persons at India Gate reiterated the need for government's intervention in the soaring crimes against women.

Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been at the receiving end of criticism for remaining silent on the heinous rape and murder case. "This is a national issue and not a political one", Gandhi said at the march in the heart of the national capital. "Now please maintain calm and walk silently", an angry Priyanka Vadra told the crowd".

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The police had a hard time controlling the crowd (some of them were even drunk) as many had crossed over the barricades and even broke through them.

Amid slogans being raised against the government at the midnight march, Gandhi said the women of the country are afraid to go out today and the government must ensure their safety and help them live in peace. Numerous supporters protested for the dismissal of the Narendra Modi government from the Centre.

"Yogi Adityanath should be immediately removed from UP for failing to protect the women in the state, which was the main promise of BJP during the 2017 Assembly polls", she demanded, wondering how a rapist BJP MLA was continuing in the party. It can not go unpunished.

Although he did not specify the issue, his announcement to take out a candlelight vigil at India Gate came hours after he lambasted the protests in favour of Kathua case accused who raped and murdered an 8-year old girl.

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"What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?"

The Kathua girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from a spot near her house on January 10.

A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence. Delhi Congress workers will join Gandhi in the protest, reported PTI.

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Rahul Reaches India Gate to Lead Midnight March Against Atrocities on Women