New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi led a candlelight vigil at midnight on Thursday to protest the growing crimes against women amidst outrage over the Unnao and Kathua gang-rape incidents.
“Like every patriotic Indian, my heart hurts tonight with the growing incidents of violence against the girl child and women across our country,” tweeted Mr. Gandhi inviting citizens to join the march.
Congress leaders marched in silence from the party’s headquarters at 24 Akbar Road to India Gate, about a kilometre away. Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband joined the protesters at midnight.
Ms. Priyanka Gandhi, who had come along with her daughter, sat in protest after the police stopped the march just short of India Gate.
Mr. Rahul Gandhi said, “We are standing in protest against one incident after another. So that women of India feel safe. This is a national issue. Not a political issue.”