Kathua rape-murder case: It's a crime against humanity, says Rahul Gandhi

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Leading a midnight protest march against the Unnao and Kathua rape cases, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tonight said the women of the country are afraid to go out today and Prime Minister Narendra Modi must start the job of Beti Bachao (save the girl child). India simply can not treat its women the way it does, he had tweeted, asking others to join him in his protest.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the "farce of a fast by the Modi government and BJP" on the April 12 should really be a fast to seek an apology over a range of issues including the banking frauds, leak of CBSE paper and dilution of SC/ST Act.

Alike him, BJP President Amit Shah will also be on his "duty" of a 2-day poll tour of Karnataka and instead of a fast he would join a "dharna" organised by the party at the Dharwad DC office for some time, says a press release by the party headquarters.

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid took to Twitter and said, "PM Modi reflects on what your ideology is doing o India. What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?".

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Earlier on Thursday, Gandhi had posted a couple of tweets after critics questioned his silence on Asifa's and Unnao rape victim's cases.

Celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Sania Mirza have condemned the Kathua rape and murder case. What happened to Asifa at Kathua is a crime against humanity.

An eight-year-old girl belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe was repeatedly gang-raped, drugged, beaten and ultimately killed by a group of men in Kathua.

The midnight march comes amid nationwide horror over the chilling details of the brutal gangrape of an 8-year-old being revealed in a chargesheet filed by Jammu and Kashmir police. The victim was abducted on January 10, was strangled to death on January 14 and her body was found on January 17, according to reports. The police have arrested eight people including the custodian of the temple, his son and two Special Police Officers for their alleged involvement in the crime.

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