BJP eroding Ambedkar's legacy, PM paying lip-service: Congress

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

AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala

"It is a protest to ensure that a government blinded by political power does something about the situation", he said. His tweets made no mention of the BJP, but Congress leaders accused the Narendra Modi government of shielding rapists.

The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi headed a midnight candlelight march at India Gate to protest against the sexual violence against the women. Rahul Gandhi had tweeted. "Protests organised at such a short notice usually happen during the day, and we get to know at least six hours in advance", Jatyan said.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Wadra participated in a candlelight procession last night at India gate to focus attention on rapes and gender violence in the country. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. PM had given a slogan "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" and it's in his regime that our girls are being raped.

The Congress chief was joined by sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, her husband Robert Vadra and other senior party leaders in the vigil.

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Commenting on the Kathua and Unnao horror incidents, All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) general secretary Mariam Dhawale demanded that "In both the cases, the culprits must be arrested and bails should not be granted to them. He isn't taking action against his ministers who are trying to save the rape accused", said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The candle-light protest on Thursday midnight was called at a short notice and saw people converging at the India Gate in sizeable numbers to express their support.

DPCC President Ajay Maken said, "Atrocities are being committed against women in the country and the government is sleeping". In Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, the BJP MLA accused of rape has still not been arrested despite a case being registered under POCSO, which mandates immediate arrest. Her body was found in the same area a week later.

The probe in the Kathua gangrape and murder case has disclosed that the deceased was kidnapped in a temple, drugged, and repeatedly gang-raped, even before her murder to scare the Muslim Bakerwal community to leave the village.

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