Bilkis Bano gang-rape: All 11 life imprisonment convicts freed in IndiaAbdul Gh Lone 16 August 2022 0 COMMENTS
All the eleven convicts sentenced to life imprisonment for gang rape and murders during the 2002 Gujarat riots have been freed, according to Indian media reports.
The 11 convicts walked out of Godhra sub-jail after the Gujarat government allowed their release under its remission policy, said the reports.
11 convicts sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of gangrape and murder of 7 members of #BilkisBano‘s family walked out of a Godhra sub-jail today. The Gujarat government allowed their release under its remission policy. #2002GujaratRiots @TheQuint pic.twitter.com/u1dawz5zzm
— Himanshi Dahiya (@himansshhi) August 16, 2022
Bilkis Bano case
Bilkis Bano was gang raped and her three-year-old daughter Saleha was among 14 people killed by rioters on March 3, 2002, in Limkheda area of Dahod district in Gujarat.
More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died in the 2002 riots. Bano’s case was one of the most horrific episodes of the large-scale violence.
The trial in Bano’s case initially began in Ahmedabad. When Bano expressed apprehensions over witnesses being harmed, the top court, in August 2004, transferred the case to Mumbai.
On January 21, 2008, a special court convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 11 men for the incident. It, however, acquitted seven persons including the policemen and two doctors who were accused of tampering with evidence.
In April 2019, the Supreme Court had directed the Gujarat government to give Rs50 lakh to Bano as compensation, along with a job and accommodation of her choice.