Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said "India wants to know" when its daughters will get justice as he thanked him for breaking his long silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases on Friday. On Thursday, Rahul tweeted and lead a midnight candlelight march to protest crimes against women in the national capital. It has become a sensation on the internet space with the website receiving.
"Conscience of India is outraged by the BJP's protection of rapists".
In Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district, a BJP MLA and his brother have been accused of raping a minor and beating up her father who later died of injuries while in custody.
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.
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In Kathua, an 8-year-old nomadic Bakarwal tribal girl named Asifa was raped and murdered at the Devisthan temple. India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does. Actually neither case is recent, and that it has taken so long for them to get national attention only underlines how hard the fight for justice still remains for rape victims even five years after passage of the Nirbhaya legislation - particularly when the accused enjoy political power or patronage.
The leaders of the BJP have said that the Congress is trying to politicise the rape cases to score political points ahead of the crucial Karnataka Assembly elections on May 12 and the Lok Sabha elections next year.
The rape of a 16-year old girl in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao took place reportedly last year, where the girl was gangraped by a BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother. You can see people across parties have joined. Speaking to the Times Network, the family also questioned the BJP's "Beti Bachao" slogan and slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders who had attempted to "shield" the accused in the case.