Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and a crush of Congress workers and party leaders laid blame on the BJP for failing to protect India's women. Her gangrape and murder had promoted similar protests at India Gate in December 2012. Gandhi sat atop his vehicle to briefly talk to the media.
"Today, India's women are afraid of coming out in public".
We want the govt to act against violence & crimes against women.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal alleged that PM Modi was not serious about checking crimes against women across the country and asked him to observe fast over rape incidents and register his protest against Uttar PradeshChief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the Unnao rape case. "A headless women's commission suggests how casually BJP government takes the issues pertaining to women", she said.
Amid slogans against the BJP and the Prime Minister during the march, Gandhi said the women of the country are afraid to go out today and the government must ensure their safety. Prime Minister had given a slogan "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" (Save the Daughter, Teach the Daughter) and it is during his regime that our girls are being raped. Although Rahul Gandhi himself did not mention elections, Congress party acolytes are relishing the prospect that some of the outpouring of support from Thursday night may linger until 2019.
"Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight", Gandhi tweeted. "India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does", the Congress chief said in a tweet. "Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice".
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were protesting to awaken the Modi government from its "slumber".
An eight-year-old girl child, belonging to a Muslim nomadic community, was allegedly kidnapped, sedated and raped by six men for a week at a temple in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir before being bludgeoned to death. The two-hour-long demonstration ended with the detention of the protestors. "Now please maintain calm and walk silently", Priyanka Gandhi told the crowd.