Posters skewering the BJP's "Beti Bachao" (Save the girl child) slogan rose above the crowd as grim reminders of the brutal rape and killing of Asifa Bano, an 8 year old who was grazing her horses in a meadow in Kathua, Kashmir on the day she was led away to her death in the musty innards of a deserted temple. Nirbhaya's parents were also present at the mid-night protest on Thursday night.
"The govt is sleeping and so at this time Congress will have to wake them up".
He said there were repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country. "We do not want to spend 10 years in discussions without any tangible outcomes", he said. Raising anti-government slogans, the women brigade broke bangles on the street to show their resentment for the failure of government machinery to control law and order. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses.
The decision to march to India Gate came together late Thursday evening and confirmed via a Rahul Gandhi tweet: "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight". Many people questioned whether the country is safe for women or not?
Gandhi joined the protest near the Man Singh Road at 11.55 pm. "Hence this midnight march", Maken, the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, told reporters here. Gandhi, accompanied by sister Priyanka Gandhi and brother-in-law Robert Vadra reached India Gate at midnight to protest against government's inaction in the Kathua gangrape case and the arrest of Unnao rape-accused BJP MLA. While many, including Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, kept to their work while fasting, several ministers, among them Prakash Javadekar, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Piyush Goyal, travelled to different parts of the country to sit on fast and attack the main opposition party.
The protest lasted almost two hours.
"Yogi Adityanath should be immediately removed from UP for failing to protect the women in the state, which was the main promise of BJP during the 2017 Assembly polls", she demanded, wondering how a rapist BJP MLA was continuing in the party.