BJP national general secretary (Manipur in-charge) Prahlad Singh Patel who took part in the protest said that the washout of Parliament session by the Congress tantamount to throttling democracy. Rail Minister Manoj Sinha led protest in Ghazipur while Kaushal Kishore sat on fast in Lucknow.
So far, eight persons, including mastermind Sanji Ram, have been charged with abduction, rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua's Rasana village in January.
Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in an interview to a news channel, had stated that the culprits in both Kathua and Unnao would be punished and justice done to the victims.More news: Latest Mega Millions victor used to live in Hillsdale
The Congress today accused the BJP of viewing the Kathua and Unnao rape cases through the "prism of religion" and demanded sacking of the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. "India is waiting", Gandhi tweeted, using the hashtag "SpeakUp".
Reacting to the BJP's nation-wide fast programme on Thursday, Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot wondered why the ruling party suddenly felt the need to observe fast though it never did so in the last 70 years.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi too was fielded by party in the day to distance the saffron outfit from the two ministers in J&K for defending the accused.More news: SBA's Bumbry named coach of the year
She also said that women and children have no religion and no politics should be done over such issues.
Speaking on the rapes in Kathua and Unnao, Pilot said, "I feel disappointed that little girls in our country are raped and members of the ruling party try to shield the rapists".More news: Putin Urges Netanyahu to Avoid Actions That Destabilize Syria's Sovereignty
A flustered Azad accepted his association with Salathia, but accused BJP of turning his former polling agent "communal". "They were secular then, but the BJP has vitiated the atmosphere so badly in Jammu and Kashmir that these individuals have now turned communal", Azad said.