Congress President Rahul Gandhi led a midnight march to the India Gate in Delhi on Thursday to protest the Kathua and Unnao minor rape cases and said it’s time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to walk the talk on ‘beti bachao’ (save the girl child).
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.
Gandhi was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi. Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra and her children (son and daughter) were also present along with many other Congress leaders, party workers and others.
Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women.
I thank each and every one of you for your support. It shall not be in vain. pic.twitter.com/IWMtQSXV4m
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 13, 2018
According to some media reports, Priyanka Gandhi was visibly miffed after she got pushed by the unruly crowd. Priyanka Gandhi was heard telling the crowd to respect the cause for which they gathered at the India Gate. She also appealed to the crowd to keep calm and march silently.
“Those who have come here to push people around must go home,” she was heard saying.
Many were shouting slogans like “Modi Bhagao, Beti Bachao” as they held candles as a mark of protest.
The SPG too had a very difficult time protecting Rahul Gandhi from the chaotic crowd.
Talking about the purpose of the march, Rahul Gandhi said, “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.”
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 12, 2018
“This is about our women. Thousands are present here including the common people and people from all parties. This situation is such today that one after another incident of murder, rape and violence is taking place in various parts of the country. We are standing here against that and we want the government to act,” he added.
Amid slogans being raised against the government at the protest march, Gandhi said the women of the country are afraid to go out today and the government must ensure their safety and help them live in peace.
(With agency inputs)