BJP politicising rape cases, PM didn't mention party men's involvement: Congress

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

Congress President Rahul Gandhi led a midnight protest by the party workers at India Gate here against the "slumber" of Narendra Modi government over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and to seek justice for the victims.

"Dear Prime Minister, Thank you for breaking your long silence".

Sources said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has asked party cadres to organise similar protests on Friday in support of protection of women. It has become a sensation on the internet space with the website receiving.

The Opposition party has also alleged that the accused were being "protected" by the authorities concerned.

In the Unnao case the rape survivor's father has died in police custody while the accused is a BJP MLA.

"Women in India are scared to step out of their homes". Thousands are present here including the common people and people from all parties. "This is a national issue and not a political one", said Gandhi as Congress leaders and workers marched towards India Gate before police dispersed them.

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Social justice is not a lip service for the government but a commitment, "but the kind of incidents we have seen in the past challenge the very concept of social justice", said Modi. "Our daughters will get justice", he said at an event to inaugurate the B R Ambedkar memorial here.

"The BJP and RSS have an "anti-Dalit" mindset as their government has abolished the sub-plan for SC/STs, have talked of ending reservation and amending the Constitution which was framed by Dr. Ambedkar", Ms. Selja said.

Many were shouting slogans like "Modi Bhagao, Beti Bachao" as they held candles as a mark of protest.

In another case, BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly raping a minor girl in Unnao town of the state.

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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