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#Kathua: When will our daughters get justice? Rahul asks PM Modi

15 April 2018

Asked about the Congress party's planned "Parivartan (transformation) Yatra" across the state against the government which will start from Kolhapur in June with Congress president and MP Rahul Gandhi possibly attending it, Mr Patil said that there is enough time for the "Parivarthan Yatra" and maintained that it wouldnot affect BJP's popularity.

On Thursday midnight Congress called for a candle march protest at India Gate to show the outrage of the people.

Speaking on the issue, Gandhi said: "This is a matter about the safety of women in this country".

The notice ostensibly is in reference to the rape and murder of an eight-year old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and the two BJP Ministers who defended the men arrested for the outrageous crime. "Our daughters will definitely get justice", PM Modi said during the inauguration of Dr Ambedkar National Memorial in the national capital.

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, BJP MLA from Unnao, has been accused of raping the Dalit teenager, which came to light only after she tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's residence on April 8. This situation in the country is such today that one after another incident of murder, rape and violence is taking place. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra were also present, along with their daughter. The government's slogan of "beti bachao (save the girl child) " has turned into "betion ko BJP se bachaon", said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala. "I have faith that justice will be provided", the Minister said.

Earlier in the evening, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted, asking people to join him for "a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice". PM had given a slogan "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" and it's in his regime that our girls are being raped.

The leaders of the BJP have said that the Congress is trying to politicise the rape cases to score political points ahead of the crucial Karnataka Assembly elections on May 12 and the Lok Sabha elections next year. What happened to [her] at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. It can not go unpunished. "What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?"

The eight-year-old girl belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe in Kathua district was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed in January. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

Social justice is not a lip service for the government but a commitment, "but the kind of incidents we have seen in the past challenge the very concept of social justice", said Modi. Investigations revealed she was held captive in a temple and was sedated before being repeatedly raped and murdered. The city's bar association has opposed the action against the accused and alleged that minority Dogras were being targeted.

Nirbhaya's parents were also present at the mid-night protest on Thursday night.

#Kathua: When will our daughters get justice? Rahul asks PM Modi