Since justice has been delayed in the two cases, the people of India have demanded exemplary punishment to be meted out to the culprits. Rahul Gandhi's sister Priyanka and her husband Robert Vadra also attended the protest, which was also attended by scores of Congress party workers and students, demanding urgent action against the perpetrators of the Unnao and Kathua rape cases.
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The Yogi Adityanath-led government in the state, which has been facing a lot of flak for the alleged inaction against the accused BJP MLA, had handed over the case to the CBI on Thursday and the investigative agency has registered three cases against Sengar.
Sources said Rahul is expected to visit those parts of Karnataka which he has not visited yet as part of his Jana Aashirwada Yatre there.
Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to attack PM Modi, he tweeted, 'Dear Prime Minister, Thank you for breaking your long silence.
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A Congress leader familiar with the developments said Gandhi had conveyed his decision to general secretary Ashok Gehlot who in turn directed other office bearers to ensure maximum presence in the march from the party's headquarters at 24, Akbar Road to India Gate.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Ambedkar Memorial in New Delhi, PM Modi said that the "guilty" will not be spared. "Our daughters will definitely get justice", Modi told a rally in Delhi. Opposition's candle march was to show the outrage against the recent rape incidents happened in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh and Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The matter intensified after the victim's father allegedly died in the police custody on April 9.
Rahul Gandhi had announced the midnight protest in a tweet on Wednesday, and although he had termed it a "silent" peaceful vigil, anti-BJP slogans could be heard by the protesters.