We are shocked and afraid, said Bilkis Bano’s husband on release of 11 convicts

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Bilkis Bano with her husband Yakub Rasul. Photo courtesy: NDTV

By Muslim Mirror Staff

Ahmedabad : A day after 11 convicts sentenced to life imprisonment for Bilkis Bano’s gang rape and murder of seven of her family during the 2002 Gujarat riots walked out of jail, her husband said he came to know of their release from the media.

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After their release from the Godhra jail on Monday, the convicts, who were also charged with killing the pregnant Muslim woman’s three-year-old daughter, were welcomed with sweets and garlands outside the jail.

We are shocked  to know that the convicts have been released, we knew about it through media, we are afraid after this blatant decision of  Gujarat government, Bilkis Bano’s husband Yakub Rasul told  Muslim Mirror.

Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when she was raped while fleeing the violence that broke out post the Sabarmati train incident in Godhra.

“We don’t know when the convicts processed their application and which ruling the state government took into consideration. We never received any kind of notice, Rasul said.

Rasul said the Gujarat government had paid the family a compensation of Rs 50 lakh as directed by the Supreme Court, but is yet to provide a job or a house as directed by the apex court.

Rasul said he lives virtually in hiding with his wife and five sons, the eldest one 20 years old.

A special CBI court in Mumbai in 2008 sentenced the 11 accused to life imprisonment on the charge of gang rape and murder of seven members of Bilkis Bano’s family. Their conviction was later upheld by the Bombay High Court.

The 11 convicts who were granted premature release are Jaswantbhai Nai, Govindbhai Nai, Shailesh Bhatt, Radheshyam Shah, Bipin Chandra Joshi, Kesarbhai Vohania, Pradeep Mordhiya, Bakabhai Vohania, Rajubhai Soni, Mitesh Bhatt, and Ramesh Chandana.

Radheshyam Shah, the convict whose plea for premature release paved the way for all the 11 life sentence convicts to walk out of jail, said he feels happy to be released, said a PTI report.

The convicts were released on Monday under the Gujarat government’s remission policy after they completed more than 15 years in jail.

The release of convicts in heinous crimes like rape and murder is blatant  abuse of justice , said Navaid Hamid ,the  president of All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over their release.

In his Independence Day speech, Modi had asked Indians to take a pledge not to do anything that lowers the dignity of women, Owaisi said in a tweet.

We have lost hope for justice from Modi government, when he was talking about dignity of women from Red Ford, 11 convicts of rape crime were beingreleasedfrom the jail in Gujarat, said Adv Mujhteyar who represented Bilkis case.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hope some one will make a film of Bilkis Banu and her family’s horrific suffering to remind the world of these tedious crimes

  2. Hope some one will make a film of Bilkis Banu and her family’s horrific suffering to remind the world of these heinous crimes.

  3. Teesta satalvad has screwed us collectively for lifetime by peddling heaps of lies continuously. dont know for how long we have to suffer

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