‘Ab Bas’ Echoes at Midnight March Against Kathua, Unnao Rapes
Protesters were seen shouting slogans, carrying candles and some even held placards against the BJP governments at the Centre and in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir while demanding urgent action against the perpetrators of the two heinous gangrapes.
Gandhi was joined by his sister Priyanka, her husband Robert Vadra and their children.
"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 during the march in the heart of the national capital.
This is about our women. Thousands are present here including the common people and people from all parties. The 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.Rahul Gandhi
Congress leaders present at the protest march to India Gate, the epicentre of the protests against the Nirbhaya rape case of 2012, included Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Salman Khurshid, Ashok Gehlot, Ajay Maken, Sushmita Dev, Haroon Yusuf, Randeep Surjewala and Ambika Soni.
Azad said the Modi government was sleeping and those facing the biggest threat during the current regime are the daughters of the country.