By Muslim Mirror Network
Bilkis Bano has moved the Supreme Court against the release of 11 men convicted of gang-raping her in the 2002 Gujarat riots under the Gujarat government’s remission policy.
All 11 life imprisonment convicts in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gang-rape and brutal murder of seven members of her family case were released from the Godhra sub-jail under the Gujarat government’s remission policy on August 15.
The remission of all the 11 dreaded convicts in the case, however, surprised one and all including Bilkis Bano and her family and the remission granted to them was widely criticised by many noted people.
On January 21, 2008, a special CBI court in Mumbai had sentenced the 11 accused to life imprisonment and the conviction was later upheld by the Bombay High Court for the incident.
Advocate Shobha Gupta, representing Bano, mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud. Gupta contended that chances were slim that the bench led by justice Ajay Rastogi would be able to hear the matter, as he was now a part of a constitution bench hearing.
The Chief Justice said that the review has to be heard first and let it come before Justice Rastogi. Gupta submitted that the matter had to be heard in an open court. The Chief Justice said only the court can decide that, and added that he will decide on the listing after looking into the matter the evening.
In May this year, the apex court had ruled that the Gujarat government can consider the remission request as the offence took place in Gujarat. Based on this ruling, the Gujarat government decided to release all 11 convicts.
Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five-months pregnant when she was sexually assaulted in Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad on March 3, 2002, while fleeing the violence that broke out in the aftermath of the Sabarmati train incident in Godhra. Her three children were also killed during the anti-Muslim riots.
Bilkis Bano has also moved a review petition against the apex court judgment allowing the Gujarat government to decide on the remission of the convicts.