People take to streets against Unnao, Kathua, Surat rape incidents

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Candlelight vigils were also held in Malegaon and at some other places of the country.

The protest comes as two incidents of rape in Jammu and Kashmir and in Uttar Pradesh provoked outrage across India. "The way the people of this country adopted [the girl], the way they raised their voice, the way they helped us uphold the credibility of the investigation..."

A similar gathering was seen in Lucknow at the Gandhi statue near the general post office.

Members of RTI Movement and local residents protest against the rape and murder of 8-year-old girl of Kathua in Jammu, in Srinagar on Saturday.

He said it was the party high command which sent them to Kathua to control the situation.

Deepika S Rajawat, the counsel of Kathua rape and murder victim's family, on Sunday claimed threat to her life. "There is no scope for delaying any further a meaningful and bold response to what has now developed into a moral, political and humanitarian challenge for this billion-plus nation", she said. The protesters included artistes and students, who vented their anger over the incidents and claimed that Muslims in the country were living in fear.

The protesters demanded that the ruling party take responsibility for the growing atrocities against women and take strict measures. "It would not be an exaggeration if we say that the government is promoting rapists with communal agenda", said Deepak Kabir.

Pointing fingers at others while protecting its own was the character of the Congress party, he alleged.

Protestors from different age groups thronged Parliament Street in Delhi, Bandra in Mumbai, Chandigarh, Bengaluru and Ajmer as many gave rousing speeches, recited poems and sang 'Hum honge kamiyab (we shall overcome)'.

Violent crimes against women have been on the rise despite tough laws enacted in 2013.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Sunday asked the Jammu and Kathua bar associations to call off their strike and made a decision to send a five-member team headed by a former high court chief justice to investigate the alleged incident of misconduct on part of the lawyers there in connection with the Kathua rape-murder case. The girl's body was found a week after she disappeared from near home in January.

On April 9, her father died in judicial custody, with the autopsy report suggesting serious injuries on his body. The girl's family has now chose to ask the Supreme Court to transfer the trial to another state.

As Maliwal continued her fast in Delhi, authorities in Patna said a minor girl was gang-raped on Sunday. "Both the accused (Chotu Kumar and Phekan Kumar) were caught by a police patrol".

Mr Mir defended himself and said, "This is an old video".

Recommended News

  • Ayew rescues a point for Swansea against Everton

    Ayew rescues a point for Swansea against Everton

    I'm sure Swansea are saying they should have won it and perhaps they should but our keeper takes some beating". He said: "We've come here and got the lead and dug out a point.
    Tornado Watch In Effect For Eastern Oklahoma

    Tornado Watch In Effect For Eastern Oklahoma

    The rain is expected to fall between 2 and 6 p.m., Gerapetritis said, adding that some storms could linger into the evening. We encourage you to stay up to date with the latest updates into the weekend as new information becomes available.
    Russia Responds:

    Russia Responds: "We Are Being Threatened. A Predesigned Scenario Is Being Implemented"

    Russian Federation has also used its United Nations veto six times to prevent condemnation of Assad's use of chemical weapons. Asked about the risks of USA military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.
  • Follow Prince Harry, Meghan Markle royal wedding updates on WSLS.com

    Follow Prince Harry, Meghan Markle royal wedding updates on WSLS.com

    Giant screens across Windsor will show the Royal Wedding and procession live, it was revealed today (Saturday). Meghan's older half-siblings, Thomas Markle Jr and Samantha Markle, have reportedly not been invited.
    Down 2-0, Wild faces 'huge' game against Winnipeg

    Down 2-0, Wild faces 'huge' game against Winnipeg

    It's a free couple wins, ' " Parise said. "(The Jets) are playing really well and we're going to have to play much better". Well the Wild are put to that test and until that happens they are still in this series.
    Unnao Rape Case: Allahabad High Court seeks details from UP govt

    Unnao Rape Case: Allahabad High Court seeks details from UP govt

    The state had, at the same time, handed over the case to the CBI, which had detained Sengar on Friday morning for questioning. Even the Supreme Court is also likely to hear next week a plea for CBI probe into the case.
  • #1/2 Adelphi Turns Back Women's Lacrosse, 19-5

    #1/2 Adelphi Turns Back Women's Lacrosse, 19-5

    The Ithaca College women's lacrosse team defeated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 12-7 on April 14 at Higgins Stadium. Jason Perez had two goals and three assists in the loss, with Dylan Dubitzky and Spencer Sands adding an assist each.
    Differing Views of Paul Ryan's Departure

    Differing Views of Paul Ryan's Departure

    And while Mr Bannon's ouster previous year suggested the establishment was striking back, other signals defied that narrative. Peter King, expressed wariness about the bid by conservatives, who've pressed the party not to compromise with Democrats.
    Gave resignation on moral grounds: BJP JandK minister

    Gave resignation on moral grounds: BJP JandK minister

    Earlier in the day, Lal Singh also sought a CBI probe and said what is wrong with it. "I gave resignation on moral values". He also denied any trouble in alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party.
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool, calm weather expected for first half of week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool, calm weather expected for first half of week

    Rainfall amounts will range from a trace to a quarter of an inch, with isolated spots east of Austin seeing up to a half an inch. With a clear sky and light wind expected overnight, temperatures will bottom out in the upper 20s and lower 30s across the area.
    UK Cabinet to discuss military action in Syria

    UK Cabinet to discuss military action in Syria

    Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Assad. Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be USA missiles.
    President Trump Responds To FBI Raid Of His Lawyer's Office

    President Trump Responds To FBI Raid Of His Lawyer's Office

    According to reports, the raid is the clearest sign yet that the president's longtime attorney is in serious legal jeopardy. Attorney for the Southern District of NY , which is now led by Trump appointee Geoffrey Berman.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.