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Bihar Rape Protest: Rahul joins Tejashwi's protest at Jantar Mantar

By Deepika

New Delhi, Aug 4: In a show of unity, leaders of a number of opposition parties including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi joined the RJD in a massive protest at Jantar Mantar over the alleged rape of young girls at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar take immediate action against the accused.

Opposition leaders led by Rahul Gandhi at Jantar Mantar. Photo credit: PTI

Prominent leaders who joined the protest included Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, RJD's Tejashwi Yadav and Misa Bharti, CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja and Atul Kumar Anjan, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and TMC's Dinesh Trivedi.

In Muzzaffarpur, a case of alleged sexual assault of 34 minor girls living in a shelter home have rocked the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar.

Medical examinations have confirmed that 34 out of the 42 shelter home inmates were sexually exploited, police have said.

The owner of the shelter home, run by NGO 'Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti', Brajesh Thakur, is the main accused in the case. The issue was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai, to Bihar's Social Welfare Department in April.

Here are the highlights of Bihar protest

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8:06 PM, 4 Aug
Rahul Gandhi starts off with a candlelight march to stand in solidarity with the victims of the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes.
8:05 PM, 4 Aug
You can see how the opposition stands united here. India stands united while BJP and RSS stands on the other side as one, says Rahul.
7:58 PM, 4 Aug
Nitish Kumar said that he is ashamed, he needs to start an inquiry immediately if he actually feels ashamed:Rahul at Jantar Mantar.
7:57 PM, 4 Aug
We have come here not just for the 40 girls of Muzzafarpur , but for the safety of women, workers, adivasis, dalits and minorities all over India, he says.
7:56 PM, 4 Aug
I am here to protest against what happened in Muzaffarpur, says Rahul Gandhi at protest against Bihar Homes Of Horror.
7:48 PM, 4 Aug
"This was the same Jantar Mantar. One Nirbhaya had shaken the foundations of the UPA (government). This is the case of 40 Nirbhayas. Many powerful leaders will lose their reign. Within three months death penalty should be given to all the accused and the powerful leaders who are trying to protect them," Kejriwal tweeted.
7:28 PM, 4 Aug
Congress President Rahul Gandhi joins Tejashwi Yadav's show of unity at Jantar Mantar.
7:12 PM, 4 Aug
What happened in Muzaffarpur is horrific and barbaric. I condemn this. Nitish Kumar should not continue as the Bihar CM as he has no moral rights to do so, says D Raja
7:10 PM, 4 Aug
This is not a political issue. I am with everybody who is supporting the cause of these girls at the Muzaffarpur shelter home, he further said.
7:10 PM, 4 Aug
I demand capital punishment for all offenders within 3 months, he said.
7:09 PM, 4 Aug
Those who are shielding the culprits should also be punished, rapists are being shielded, says Arvind Kejriwal.
6:54 PM, 4 Aug
Student activist Kanhaiya Kumar also joins protest at Jantar Mantar.
6:52 PM, 4 Aug
Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi and CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury arrive at the Jantar Mantar protest.
6:50 PM, 4 Aug
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal arrives at Jantar Mantar to join the protest against Bihar government led by RJD on the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
5:51 PM, 4 Aug
We want Brajesh Thakur to be hanged till death. If you see the number of crimes in Bihar, it has only increased in the past one year. Cases of gangrape are being reported back to back from various districts of the state: Tejashwi Yadav to ANI.
5:51 PM, 4 Aug
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav reaches the protest venue. A number of opposition leaders, including Sharad Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Misa Bharti and CPI(M)'s D Raja also at Jantar Mantar.
5:50 PM, 4 Aug
Congress should play the role of an elder brother in Mahagathbandhan. Plans of a grand alliance is intact, it is our priority to stay together and its Lalu Prasad Yadav's vision. Together, all parties can defeat the BJP in the next elections, Tejashwi said ahead of the protest.
5:49 PM, 4 Aug
Hundreds of supporters have started gathering at Jantar Mantar to protest against the Bihar shelter home rape cases.
5:48 PM, 4 Aug
The Tejashwi Yadav-led dharna at Jantar Mantar against the Bihar shelter home rapes is likely to start soon.
5:48 PM, 4 Aug
We know what happens in Rahul Gandhi's protests, even Priyanka Gandhi can't be assured of safety. And now Tejashwi Yadav is too a part of it. No woman will be safe: BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
5:48 PM, 4 Aug
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Muzaffarpur rapes: CBI is looking into the issue. It should not be given a political colour. I am sure the law of land is not going to spare anyone responsible for this gruesome act. We should not politicise this issue.
5:47 PM, 4 Aug
Sushil Kumar Modi asserted that with the case having been handed over to the CBI and the Supreme Court having taken suo motu cognizance of the matter, there was no scope left for politics and the proposed dharna at Jantar Mantar will "only bring shame to Bihar".
5:47 PM, 4 Aug
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has sharply criticised the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Tejashwi Yadav for his decision to stage a dharna in New Delhi over the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal.
5:46 PM, 4 Aug
Tejaswi said condemnation issued by the chief minister on Muzaffarpur shelter case wasn't enough. He questioned that why Brajesh Thakur, prime accused in the case running all kind of shelter homes and getting funds from the governments. Yadav added that the scandal has exposed 'social reforms' agenda of Nitish Kumar government.
5:45 PM, 4 Aug
"Having seven sisters, it pains me to even imagine what the little girls at the shelter home were forced to undergo. It is a most shameful incident. When we raised it in the assembly, the government tried to mislead the house. Were they not Bihar's daughters? Has our conscience died? Whatever happened to the girls amounted to a betrayal of their trust, given that they were promised protection there. What they got in return was physical, mental and sexual torture. The culprits should be hanged once their guilt is established in court," he wrote.
5:45 PM, 4 Aug
"Against heinous institutional mass rape in Muzaffarpur sponsored and protected by Nitish government, we will stage a dharna on Saturday, August 4 at Jantar Mantar. Request all to attend", the RJD heir apparent tweeted.
5:44 PM, 4 Aug
Tejaswi, raising serious concerns over the safety of girls wrote a letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

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