Bilkis Bano Files Writ Petition Against Release Of Her Rape Convicts, CJI Chandrachud To Look Into The Matter
In August this year, our country witnessed one of the most questionable decisions by the Gujarat Government of releasing the 11 rape convicts in the Bilkis Bano case. The news made every Indian angry and the injustice was just not acceptable. Bilkis Bano had also released an official statement regarding this but it was clearly not acknowledged. Reports suggest, that she has now moved Supreme Court to challenge this decision.
The 11 convicts were charged with raping Bilkis Bano and killing seven members during the 2002 Gujarat riots. On August 15, the convicts were given an early release on the order of the Gujarat Government, and the reason mentioned for this was their “Good behaviour.” However, now Bilkis Bano has filed a writ petition against the repeal of the convicts’ life imprisonment in the Supreme Court. She has also challenged the Supreme Court’s decision of giving permission to the Gujarat government to use the 1992 Remission Policy in this case. The matter was put before the Chief Justice Of India, DY Chandrachud. As per the news, DY Chandrachud has said that he will look into the appeal and decide whether both of them can be heard together or not.
Post the release of the 11 rapists, there were also reports suggesting that the CBI and trial judge objected to this decision. One of the convicts was even accused of harassing a woman while he was out on parole in 2020. This news had given rise to many questions about their “Good behavior”.
Also Read: Why Are Bilkis Bano Rapists Out For Good Behaviour When One Of Them Has Been Accused Of Molestation On Parole?
This appeal made by Bilkis Bano is very much justified. The kind of trauma she suffered because of the accused is unimaginable. To see them freely roaming around after committing such a heinous crime takes away trust from the justice system. It will discourage women from standing up against such crimes, knowing that their culprits will ultimately be allowed to walk away. We hope that Bilkis Bano is heard and understood here.