"The government is sleeping and so at this time, Congress will have to wake them up". During the interaction, he stated that nowhere in the country or in the state the BJP leaders have every said to end reservation. Actually neither case is recent, and that it has taken so long for them to get national attention only underlines how hard the fight for justice still remains for rape victims even five years after passage of the Nirbhaya legislation - particularly when the accused enjoy political power or patronage.
Sources said Rahul is expected to visit those parts of Karnataka which he has not visited yet as part of his Jana Aashirwada Yatre there.
The Congress has kept the heat on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleging that he has been supporting Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who is accused of raping a minor girl.
Aware of his newly-found niche on the social media, Rahul, on micro blogging site of twitter, has questioned the silence of PM Modi terming it as 'unacceptable.
Hundreds of people, predominantly Congress workers, had joined the march, responding to Mr Gandhi's call to join him for "a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil" to protest violence against women and demand justice.
"2. Why are accused rapists and murderers protected by the state?"India is waiting", Gandhi tweeted, using the hashtag "SpeakUp". Congress President Rahul Gandhi sent a strong message by taking out a candlelight march at India Gate around midnight where he was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi and a large number of people from all walks of life.
Both the Unnao and Kathua rape cases have a marked similarity in the sense that in both cases the assailants have been identified, yet justice is yet to be served.
The Congress was protesting the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu's Kathua district.
Many were shouting slogans like "Modi Bhagao, Beti Bachao" as they held candles as a mark of protest.