"Such incidents shake our sensibilities", Modi said. Mir also denied that any responsible leader of the party was in any manner involved in the agitation in Rasana Hiranagar as the party believed in rule of law. 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.
Selja said that the image of Ambedkar's statue being put in a cage so as to protect it from vandals is symbolic of the present state of affairs.
Attacking the PM, Rahul tweeted, "Dear Prime Minister, Thank you for breaking your long silence". The handling of the Unnao rape case where a BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is an accused has also garnered a large amount of anger from the public.
In Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, an eight-year-old girl was repeatedly gangraped and later murdered while in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao a teenager has accused a BJP MLA of raping her and the UP government of inaction on her complaint. Addressing a press conference here, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said the party's ministers in Jammu and Kashmir, who had slammed the police over its action against the rape accused, had been misled. "India is waiting. #SpeakUp".
Mr Gandhi had said last night that the Beti Bachao (Save the girl child) slogan is good.
The candlelight protest on Thursday was called at a short notice, but it saw people converging at the India Gate in sizeable numbers to express their support. "We had said this before as well, that women and children are in danger in your government", Azad was quoted as saying. His statement came as a reference to the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl in UP's Unnao and of an 8-year-old girl in J&K's Kathua.
His another tweet asked people to join him for a silent candlelight vigil at India at midnight.