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Rahul Gandhi asks PM to fast track cases of rapes of minors

His remarks come days after the prime minister said that the guilty in the Kathua and Unnao incidents would not be spared and the country's daughters will get justice

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New Delhi:  Launching a scathing attack on Narendra Modi for the “shameful” incidents of sexual assault of minors, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked the Prime Minister if he is “serious about the justice of daughters” and demanded fast-tracking of the cases.
Amid public outrage over Kathua and Unnao rape cases,  Gandhi pointed out that there were as many as 19,675 cases of rapes of minor children in 2016, terming them as “shameful”.

 

“There were 19,675 rapes of minor children reported in 2016. This is shameful. PM should fast track these cases and punish the guilty if he is serious about providing justice for our daughters,” Gandhi said on Twitter, using the hashtag ‘SpeakUp’.

Gandhi, whose gun has steadily been trained at Modi on various issues, particularly after the series of incidents of sexual assault on minor girls, had said last week that the Prime Minister’s silence over the issue was unacceptable.

Last week, in an apparent reference to the Unnao rape case in which BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been held an accused, Gandhi had asked as to why the man was being protected by the State.

The Congress chief had also led a midnight candlelight march at India Gate in New Delhi in protest against the  Kathua and Unnao rape cases.

His remarks come days after the prime minister said that the guilty in the Kathua and Unnao incidents would not be spared and the country’s daughters will get justice.

Expressing anguish over the two incidents which have triggered widespread outrage, the prime minister had said such crimes challenge the very concept of social justice “and as a society and a country we all are ashamed of it.”

“I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared. Justice will be done. Our daughters will get justice. We all will have to work together to end this internal evil,” he had said at an event last week.

In Kathua, an eight-year-old girl was gang-raped and murdered while in Unnao, a 17-year-old has accused a BJP MLA of raping her.

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