Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday attended a prayer meet at Delhi’s Valmiki Temple organised amid nationwide outrage over the alleged rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras.
The opposition party has been at the fore of demonstrations against the incident that has put Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP, which rules at the centre and in UP, on the receiving end of growing public outrage.
On Thursday, Ms Vadra and her brother Rahul Gandhi were arrested and then later released as they tried to visit the village, around 200 km from Delhi, where the young woman was savagely attacked and then spent two weeks in hospital before dying.
Television footage showed Rahul Gandhi jostling with police before falling to the ground. After protests in the area on Wednesday, authorities said they had banned gatherings of five or more people and would block politicians from the area.