Priyanka Gandhi miffed after being shoved at India Gate

Charlene Craig
April 16, 2018

Expressing distress over the rape of 18-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district and gangrape and murder of eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, the Congress party has organised the midnight march here and appealed everyone to join it.

BJP leader Vaibhav Agarwal tagged the protest by a Congress as a fashion war and said that the party was politicising the issue.

The former Union Minister said that the assembly point in every district would be notified to the party workers soon.

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His another tweet asked people to join him for a silent candlelight vigil at India at midnight. Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra also attended the protest, which was also attended by scores of Congress party workers and students, demanding urgent action against the perpetrators of the Unnao and Kathua rape cases. Find us on Facebook too! "Women should at least feel safe".

DPCC President Ajay Maken said, "Atrocities are being committed against women in the country and the government is sleeping".

Mr Gandhi had said last night that the Beti Bachao (Save the girl child) slogan is good. During the candle march, Priyanka Gandhi was heckled by Congress workers at India Gate. "It was a good and from-the-heart gesture, and conveyed the right message to the young people enraged over the Kathua and Unnao rapes", said political analyst Professor Balveer Arora.

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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". The state's BJP government on Thursday declared that the Central Bureau of Investigation would handle the case and decide if Sengar should be arrested.

The Congress leader alleged that the BJP was trying to amend the Constitution drafted by the Dalit icon and putting "a question mark" on reservation. The protest lasted almost two hours. Her family alleged that she was raped by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplice previous year, and no action was taken against the accused.

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