By Special Correspondent
New Delhi: Terming the Gujarat government’s decision to free 11 convicts murder and gang-rape as “unjust decision”, the victim Bilkis Bano Yakub Rasool on Wednesday urged the BJP led state government to undo this harm and give her back her right to live without fear and in peace.
On August 15, the Gujarat government freed 11 men, including those convicted of gang-raping her and murdering 14 members of her family.
Strongly reacting to this development, Bilkis issued an official statement through her attorney Advocate Shobha.
“Two days ago, on August 15, 2022 the trauma of the past 20 years washed over m
Two days ago, on August 15, 2022 the trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again.
When I heard that the 11 convicted men who devastated my family and my life, and took
my 3 year old daughter walked free. I was bereft of words. I am still numb.
Today, I can say only this – how can justice for any woman end like this? I trusted the highest
courts in our land. I trusted the system, and I was learning slowly to live with my trauma.
The release of these convicts has taken from me my peace and shaken my faith in justice.
My sorrow and my wavering faith is not for myself alone but for every woman who is
struggling for justice in courts.
No one enquired about my safety and well-being, before taking such a big and unjust decision.
I appeal to the Gujarat Government, please undo this harm. Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace. Please ensure that my family and I are kept safe.
Released on behalf of Bilkis Bano’s Advocate Shobha.