Demanding urgent action against the perpetrators of Kathua and Unnao rape cases and to seek justice for the victims, Congress president Rahul Gandhi led a midnight march along with his sister Priyanka, husband Robert Vadra and hundreds of party workers at the heart of the national capital.
"We are here against crimes being committed against women, against rapes, violence and murder and the government must act on this. This is a national issue and not a political one," Gandhi said.
Amid sloganeering against the Modi-led BJP government, the Gandhi scion said the women of the country are afraid to go out today and the government must insure their safety and help them live in peace.
On the Modi government's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' initiative, Gandhi said it was the right slogan and the prime minister must start work on 'Beti Bachao'.
"This is about our women. Thousands are present here including the common people and people from all parties. This situation in the country is such today that one after another incident of murder, rape and violence is taking place. We are standing here against that and we want the government to act," he said.
The march was organised by the Congress party expressing distress over the rape of a minor in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district and gangrape and murder of eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.