Addressing the women party workers at Sankalp Sammelan, Rahul said, “In India, people worship goddesses, address women as mother/sister, but the same people molest you in buses, suppress your voices.”

“Rapes are reported in newspapers. We make laws but they don't usher change. Change should occur within society,” he added.

“Only women can change the mindset of people. When women get empowered then others will change their mindset...Now don't leave it to men, now you have to change your mindset,” he said.

Taking potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul said, “The ‘big people’ say that rapes are disgraceful but what is needed is that they should change their mindset.

Rahul further said, “This government's perception is that women should be worshipped and not empowered. But we believe empowering women because we believe in them.”

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