Nation-Wide Protest Against Kathua Rape Case; Rahul Leads March At India Gate


New Delhi: Kathua rape incidence in Jammu and Kashmir in which a 8-year-old girl was raped and subsequently murdered evoked nation-wide protest. The outrage appeared reminiscent of the Nirbhaya protests erupted on social media. However, some elements are trying to communalise the matter in view of the matter being between the two different communities.
On a day when junior foreign minister and former Army chief Gen V K Singh spoke forcefully for the hapless victim, J&K deputy CM Nirmal Singh said he had called for an explanation from two BJP colleagues — Lal Singh and ChandarPrakash Ganga — but said they had denied inciting communal passions. The duo have defended those charged, portraying them as victims of an alleged frame-up.

“We have failed Ashifa (sic) as humans. But she will not be denied justice,” Singh tweeted. CM Mehbooba Mufti said her government would enact a law to make rape of minors punishable by death. “We will never ever let another child suffer in this way,” she tweeted. The state government appointed two special public prosecutors, both Sikhs, for the trial.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who had also been at the receiving end of criticism on social media for not speaking up on the issue, broke his silence on Thursday evening. He tweeted, “How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil? What happened to Asifa at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. It cannot go unpunished. What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?”
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi led a midnight candlelight march to the India Gate in the national capital to protest the Kathua and Unnao rape cases with the party leaders alleging that the daughters of the country were not safe in the Modi regime.
Gandhi was joined by his sister Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra as well as scores of Congress leaders, party workers and students, who shouted slogans against the Modi government and the state governments in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, demanding urgent action against the perpetrators of two heinous gangrapes of minors - one in Unnao (UP) and the other in Kathua (J&K).
The former Army chief V K Singh’s remarks failed to find support from his BJP colleagues who focused on their day-long plan to attack the opposition for allegedlyparalysing Parliament and practising divisive politics.
Those who spoke on the issue, like chief of MP unit of BJP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, came out strongly in favour of the accused who have already been proclaimed “innocent” by the Jammu Bar Association.



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