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Congress demands rape accused should be hanged till death

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Friday led a candlelight march against the BJP government on the rape of minors in Uttar Pradesh's and and Kashmir's Kathua and demanded a speedy trial should be held and culprits be hanged till death.

Maken started his candlelight march in Chandni Chowk area along with hundreds of workers.

The organised candlelight marches at the capitals of all the states across the country on Friday night.

"We organised candlelight marches in 14 districts in Similar, marches were held across the country (in state capitals and districts)," Maken told IANS.

The party workers raised slogans against the

"Today workers are protesting against the rape incidents in all the 14 districts of

"We are demanding speedy trial in these cases and the culprits should be hanged till death," he told reporters.

Slamming the (BJP) for covering up the rape incidents, the former union said, "The BJP has been exposed as they were trying to shield their leaders. Their leaders even participated in the rallies supporting the rape accused."

He also said that the cases of atrocities against the women in the country have increased under the

Asked about two BJP ministers in and Kashmir resigning after participating in a rally to defend the accused, Maken said that this came in wake of "pressure which was built due to the protest led by Rahul Gandhi".

"But we want to ask when the government is going to hang the culprits, when will the BJP act against its leaders who gave controversial statements on the rape incidents suggesting he hands of in Kathua minor rape?"

Reacting to the CBI arresting the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in rape case, Maken said, "Their MLA was arrested only when the protested against he rape incidents. Was government sleeping since then?"

He said that the government must refer these cases to the fast track court and hang the rape accused.

Gandhi had asked party workers to hold protests across the country in support of women protection and to seek justice for the victims.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 00:48 IST
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