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"The graph of crimes against women has gone up in India and BJP ruled states and thus, the congress party will observe April 17 as the black day against this trend", said Sushmita Dev, president All India Mahila Congress. Asifa was silenced but she must live on in our hearts so that humanity does not die and become silent too.

Amid slogans against the BJP and the Prime Minister during the march, Gandhi said the women of the country are afraid to go out today and the government must ensure their safety.

"We want the government to take action".

"This is an issue concerning women", he said, adding that people from all parties as well as the common man was at the India Gate. "Join me in a silent, peaceful, candlelight vigil at India Gate at midnight tonight to protest this violence and demand justice", tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were protesting to awaken the Modi government from its "slumber".

The Crime Branch has already filed a charge sheet against eight accused who allegedly raped and murdered the eight year old child in Rasna area of Heeranagar. "This is clearly a demonstration to politicise the issue". Delhi police has barricaded all the routes leading to India Gate.

"The Modi government should hold fast to apologise to this country for the 13 banking scams wherein people like "Chhota Modi", that is, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, ran away with over Rs 61,000 crore of public money looted from banks".

In another tweet, Gandhi condemned the gang-rape and murder of Asifa, an eight-year-old Muslim girl, in Jammu and Kashmir in January.

A person who had worked for the firm Cambridge Analytica turned whistleblower and had told a British parliamentary panel the Indian National Congress was a client of the firm, and he was aware that the firm, with many employees and offices, had worked extensively in India. "It is a sad state of affairs", said Maken.

Celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Sania Mirza have condemned the Kathua rape and murder case. The city's bar association has opposed the action against the accused and alleged that minority Dogras were being targeted.