Delhi Congress organises candlelight march over rape cases

Delhi Congress organises candlelight march over rape cases

Sengar's arrest comes just days after a brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir. The lawyers have said they were stirred to action by a right-wing Hindu group that is pushing for the investigation to be taken out of the hands of the state police, which they say has a pro-Muslim bias, and given to a national crime bureau they say is more neutral.

"All they want is a fair probe and the real criminals to be caught".

"The need for justice is obvious but what has been happening of late is that it takes too much outrage and so much protest for people to even sit up and say that yes, something is wrong", actress Sameera Reddy, who joined the protestors in Mumbai told a television channel. Anger erupted this week when details of her ordeal were released in a police charge sheet.

"Yet again we've failed as a society", Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar said in a Twitter message. "Justice must be served, hard and fast!"

Amid fears the case could escalate unrest in Kashmir, where security forces are battling a long-running insurgency, separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has vowed to launch a mass agitation if any attempt was made to shield culprits or sabotage investigations.

Thousands of Kashmiris joined street protests in Srinagar this week, following the death of four protesters in a clash with security forces.

A 25-year-old man was today arrested for allegedly raping and threatening a woman on the pretext of marriage, police said.Rushikesh Nimbre, a resident of Mumbra, was arrested on the complaint of a 29-year-old widow who claimed that the accused had repeatedly raped her between December, 2016 and April, 2018 on the pretext of marriage.

With the ongoing Unnao and Kathua rape cases, the Indian social media has been abuzz with the words - "rape horror".

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Sengar´s lawyer, R K Singh, earlier said his client was innocent and the case was a conspiracy to harm his political career.

A governing Hindu nationalist party lawmaker was arrested April 13 after being accused of abducting and raping a teenage girl previous year whose father died following an assault by a mob led by lawmaker's brother when the girl protested about alleged police inaction in the case.

"Like millions of Indians, my heart hurts tonight", Gandhi wrote on Twitter after addressing an estimated crowd of 5,000 people at the event.

"We are deeply concerned about the prevalence of gender-based violence, including sexual violence against women and girls, which we are witnessing in India", Yuri Afanasiev, the United Nations resident coordinator in India, said in a statement last week.

The BJP on Sunday demanded that the main opposition Congress party sack its state leader in Jammu and Kashmir after he suggested the police investigation was politically motivated.

Ministers have said justice will be done no matter who committed the crime, while defending the government's record on fighting violence against women. The maximum punishment now is life imprisonment.

Despite the brouhaha after Nirbhaya, rapes across India have continued to rise alarmingly, breaking through the facade of government initiatives. Rights activists say thousands more go unreported.

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