WhatsApp, Twitter: How Congress got numbers for midnight march

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On the instruction of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, party members will hold candlelight march in all state capitals protest over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. Celebrities broke their silence on the matter and have come out strongly against the rape and murder of the 8-year-old child in Kathua. This is not a political issue. You said "our daughters will get justice".

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.

Thursday night's march, in which Rahul and his sister Priyanka Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra participated, saw an enthusiastic response with several senior leaders taking part in it. India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does. "In no way are they standing with the weaker section of the society", she said, adding that incidents of atrocities on Dalits were on rise in India.

On the Modi government's "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" initiative, Gandhi said it was the right slogan and the Prime Minister must start work on "Beti Bachao".

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said today "India wants to know" when its daughters will get justice as he "thanked" Prime Minister Narendra Modi for breaking his "long silence" on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.

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She, however, said they were "misled and misguided" by people and accused the Congress of communalising the rape incidents.

"How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil? All this while ignoring the strict action being taken by state governments", said Meenakshi Lekhi of the BJP. It can not go unpunished. What happened to Asifa at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. "What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?" he tweeted.

The probe in the Kathua gangrape and murder case has disclosed that the deceased was kidnapped in a temple, drugged, and repeatedly gang-raped, even before her murder to scare the Muslim Bakerwal community to leave the village.

Nine accused, including the alleged mastermind Sanji Ram - an ex-bureaucrat - and his son Vishal Kumar, a police head constable, two SPOs and a sub-inspector of police, have been arrested in the case.

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