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Fast track cases of rapes of minors, Rahul Gandhi asks PM Modi

The Congress president says there are as many as 19,675 cases of rapes of minor children in 2016, terms them “shameful”.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2018 16:29 IST
Indian Congress Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi addresses supporters during a rally in New Delhi on April 6, 2014. India, the world's biggest democracy, announced the start of national elections on April 7 that are expected to bring Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi to power on a platform of economic revival. AFP PHOTO/Chandan KHANNA
Indian Congress Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi addresses supporters during a rally in New Delhi on April 6, 2014. India, the world's biggest democracy, announced the start of national elections on April 7 that are expected to bring Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi to power on a platform of economic revival. AFP PHOTO/Chandan KHANNA(AFP)

Amid public outrage over Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fast track cases of rapes of minors and punish the guilty if he was serious about providing justice to the country’s daughters.

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’.

His remarks come days after the prime minister said 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 gangraped and murdered while in Unnao, a 17-year-old has accused a BJP MLA of raping her.

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