Kathua, Unnao rape cases: Rahul Gandhi leads midnight protest at India Gate

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"Now, all of you will silently walk", she said.

She, however, said they were "misled and misguided" by people and accused the Congress of communalising the rape incidents.

This comes on the same day when Congress President Rahul Gandhi questioned the "silence" of Modi in the two alleged rape incidents in Kathua and Unnao.

"We want the government to take action". What do YOU think about the growing violence against women and children? 2. "He is not taking action against his ministers who are trying to save the rape accused".

Asked about the Congress party's planned "Parivartan (transformation) Yatra" across the state against the government which will start from Kolhapur in June with Congress president and MP Rahul Gandhi possibly attending it, Mr Patil said that there is enough time for the "Parivarthan Yatra" and maintained that it wouldnot affect BJP's popularity.

"This country is outraged over the repeated attacks on women and the repeated protection of the accused by the BJP government".

Earlier, he had tweeted: "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight". Ashok Gehlot, in-charge of the organisation said Congress units in every State will be holding candlelight vigils to highlight crimes against women. "Women should at least feel safe".

Another union minister Jitendra Singh, who represents a part of Kathua in parliament, had last month said, "those who have not done anything wrong should be given justice", backing demands for a CBI inquiry from those who support the arrested men.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday urged to take suo motu cognisance of the conduct of lawyers who created ruckus and tried to obstruct the filing of a charge-sheet in the Kathua rape and murder case of an eight-year-old minor.

The eight-year-old girl belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe in Kathua district was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed in January.

She was sedated and repeatedly raped before her head was smashed and her body thrown in the forests next to Rasana village. The incident came to light when she attempted to immolate herself outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth's residence in Lucknow. Recently, the 16-year-old's father died in the police custody after being brutally beaten by the MLA's brother.

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