Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence over the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of the state. "The Congress stands for justice to the minor victim of rape and murder and demands the culprits get exemplary punishment", he said. But certain sections of the party privately wondered the political rationale behind Gandhi's midnight vigil when the rest of the country was sleeping, thereby, liming its visibility and impact.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were protesting to awaken the Modi government from its "slumber". He said there were repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country.
"The Congress valued Ambedkar's talent and made him the chairman of the committee that drafted the Constitution", Selja said.More news: England hold off Canada comeback to win historic Commonwealth Games bronze
He said Modi's silence over the rising atrocities against women was "unacceptable" and that India was waiting for him to speak up.
The candlelight protest on Thursday was called at a short notice, but it saw people converging at the India Gate in sizeable numbers to express their support. The details pertaining to both the cases have shocked the conscience of the nation as involvement of people belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu right-wing groups have been establishment by the investigations. After the PM spoke at the event, the accused in the Unnao rape case, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was arrested by the CBI. "Simply paying lip service to Baba Saheb Ambedkar, as the Prime Minister is prone to time and again, does not take away from the fact that they are always trying to erode the legacy of Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar", senior Congress leader Kumari Selja told reporters.
The Kathua rape case relates to an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community who had disappeared from near her home in a village near Kathua in the Jammu region on 10 January. PM had given a slogan "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" and it's in his regime that our girls are being raped.