Similar protests had been held at India Gate after the brutal gang-rape of 23-year-old paramedical student Nirbhaya in 2012. Vampires are slowly killing our soul.¿ Stressing on the fact that the protest was a non-political one, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said the "Sab chalta hai" (everything is OK) attitude will not do and the government needs to do something regarding the issue. What do you think about the growing violence against women & children? The BJP is not only involved directly, it is also protesting in favour of the culprits and stopping law enforcement agencies from doing their job.
In her reaction, National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) general secretary Annie Raja said: "Sexual violence against women has been on the rise and the government must take measures to ensure security for women and to protect their constitutional rights".
During that time, Gandhi, his mother Sonia, who was Congress president, and Manmohan Singh, who was Prime Minister, faced severe criticism for not speaking publicly on the crime for days. "The women of the country should feel safe", he said.More news: Heavy rain forecast for today
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Sources said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has asked party cadres to organise similar protests on Friday in support of protection of women.
The Congress President had tweeted on late Thursday night about his intention to go on a candle march. Ashok Gehlot, in-charge of the organisation said Congress units in every State will be holding candlelight vigils to highlight crimes against women. As outrage continued to mount over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday came out in defence of its ministers and MLAs in the two states.
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. The protest lasted almost two hours.