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20 Years Later, Bilkis Bano Denied Justice, Convicts Garlanded And Praised: Where Are We Heading?

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Eleven men convicted in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gang-rape and murder case were set free from the Godhra-sub jail by the Supreme Court. The SC had set up a committee to look into the matter when the convicted applied for a remission plea. The committee then decided to release them under the Gujarat government’s remission policy.

Bilkis Bano was in the attempt of escaping the violence that blazed up in the aftermath of the Sabarmati train massacre in 2002 when she was brutally gang-raped by eleven men. The men proceeded to slaughter seven of her family members including her three children.

How can justice for any woman end like this, asks Bilkis Bano - Rediff.com India News

What was of utmost surprise was the reaction of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in the matter. The released by welcomed with garlands outside of the VHP’s office in Gujarat.

The release of the eleven convicted were met with utmost condemnation and criticism. The twitter up roar over the matter described people’s emotions well.

Regardless of whether the accused are sent back to jail or not, their release stands as a situation of concern for women across the country. It is seen as a verdict not just against Bilkis Bano but every women who resides in the nation. Furthermore, it raises eyebrows over the actions of the BJP ahead of the Gujarat elections.

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