New Delhi: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar took a jibe at Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday (October 24) over the alleged rape and murder of a six-year-old Dalit girl - whose father is a migrant labourer from Bihar - in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district.

Describing the incident as "extremely shocking" and calling for "strict action", Javadekar demanded that Gandhi - who has been fiercely critical of the BJP over the alleged gangrape and murder of a young Dalit woman in UP's Hathras last month - stop his "political tours" and visit Punjab to "take cognisance of crime against women".

"The rape and murder of a six-year-old Dalit girl from Bihar, in Hoshiarpur's Tanda village, is very shocking. Instead of going on political tours, Rahul Gandhi should visit Tanda and Rajasthan, and take cognisance of incidents of crime against women," Javadekar was quoted by news agency ANI.

"Neither Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi nor Priyanka Gandhi visited the family of the victim in Tanda. They do not pay heed to the injustice done to women in the states ruled by their party, but visit Hathras and other places for photo-op with the victim's family," he added.

Javadekar's attack on the Congress comes after the party targeted the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the alleged gangrape in Hathras and questioned chief minister Yogi Adityanath's track record in protecting girls and women.

Gandhi and Gandhi Vadra met the family of the young woman - who died from injuries sustained in the attack - after two dramatic attempts. They were stopped each time by UP Police - the first saw Gandhi shoved to the ground by cops and the second saw Gandhi Vadra manhandled by the police as she tried to protect a party worker during a lathi charge.