Delhi Congress organises candlelight march over rape cases

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Attacking the PM, Rahul tweeted, "Dear Prime Minister, Thank you for breaking your long silence".

Following Gandhi's protest, some PCC units too staged protests on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, assured that the investigation into the rape-and-murder case is on a fast track and law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions.

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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.

"The government is sleeping and so at this time, Congress will have to wake them up". He is not taking action against his ministers who are trying to save the rape accused.¿.

"You see their plan, first shout "minority minority", then "Dalit Dalit", and now "women women" and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the centre. This is a national issue and not a political one", said Rahul at the march towards the India Gate.

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Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid took to Twitter and said, ¿PM Modi reflects on what your ideology is doing o India.

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".

Rahul's sister Priyanka along with her husband Robert Vadra and daughter Miraya also joined the spontaneous midnight candlelight vigil. The government's slogan of "Beti Bachao (save the girl child) " has turned into "betion ko BJP se bachaon", said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.

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In Unnao, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Atul Singh Sengar raped a 16-year-old teenager at their residence on June 4, 2017. Despite repeated complaints to the police by the girl and her family, no case was registered for over 10 months, and when it was registered, the police refused to name the MLA in the FIR. His statement came as a reference to the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl in UP's Unnao and of an 8-year-old girl in J&K's Kathua.