The women’s wing of the Trinamool Congress on Tuesday began a 48-hour protest against the release of 11 men convicted of rape and murder in the Bilkis Bano case.
Terming the development as shameful, the protestors said that the release of the convicts was unacceptable.
Today, our women wing leaders started a 48-hour dharna near Gandhi Murti to protest against the horrifying atrocities that were meted out against #BilkisBano. The release of the accused in the case is SHAMEFUL & UNACCEPTABLE.
Our fight for JUSTICE will continue. pic.twitter.com/92yhbjsEtB
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) September 6, 2022
“The law of the country says that when remission is considered for any prisoner those punished for rape and trafficking are not to be considered,” Trinamool Congress leader Shashi Panja said, according to PTI. “We cannot understand how the convicts in the Bilkis Bano case were released.”
The 11 men had gangraped Bano in a village near Ahmedabad on March 3, 2002, during the riots in Gujarat. She was 19 and pregnant at the time. Fourteen members of her family were also killed in the violence, including her three-year-old daughter whose head was smashed on the ground by the perpetrators.
On August 15, the convicts were released from a Godhra jail after the Gujarat government approved their application under its remission policy….