The protests were reminiscent of a similar agitation that took place in the capital in December 2012 after the gang-rape of a trainee physiotherapist on a moving bus.
Nirbhaya's parents were also present at the mid-night protest on Thursday night. The government's slogan of "Beti Bachao (save the girl child) " has turned into "betion ko BJP se bachaon", said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.
Gandhi sat atop his vehicle to briefly talk to the media. "We all have to come together to stop these criminal acts happening in our society". Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses.
"We are here against crimes being committed against women, against rapes, violence and murder and the government must act on this. The women of the country should feel safe", he said.
BJP and NDA are focusing on political mind games, as exhibited in the running of parliament in a totally insensitive manner and road-rolling their personal political agenda ' says Rahul Gandhi. "India is waiting", Rahul said on Twitter on Friday. "Was government sleeping since then?" Speaking to the Times Network, the family also questioned the BJP's "Beti Bachao" slogan and slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders who had attempted to "shield" the accused in the case.
However, it seems Rahul was not too happy with what Modi said on crimes against women/girls. "It shall not be in vain", the Congress president tweeted. It said, "Like millions of Indians my heart hurts tonight".
The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi headed a midnight candlelight march at India Gate to protest against the sexual violence against the women.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were protesting to awaken the Modi government from its "slumber".
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for breaking his silence on the rape-murder of an 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of another in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress demanded that he should now take "some serious action", instead of giving "assurances". The protest lasted almost two hours.
Gandhi was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi.