Bilkis Bano case amnesty for all accused IG News

The Gujarat government has issued orders to release 11 accused in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gang-rape and murder case. On January 21, 2008, a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Mumbai sentenced eleven accused to life imprisonment for the gang-rape and murder of seven members of the Bilkis Bano family. After serving 15 years in prison, one of the convicts approached the Supreme Court for his early release. The Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to consider commuting his sentence. In this context, a committee was formed under the leadership of Panchmahal Collector Sujal Mayatra. The committee took a unanimous decision to release all the others a few months ago. When the recommendation regarding this was sent to the state government… it issued an order to release all these 11 convicts under the amnesty scheme.

It is known that on February 27, 2002, 59 ‘Karasevakus’ died in the Sabarmati Express coach burning incident. In the ensuing violence, Bilkis Bano, who was five months pregnant, fled her village along with her infant daughter and 15 others. On March 3, they were hiding in a field when a group of 30 men armed with machetes, knives and sticks attacked them. Bilkis Bano was gang-raped. Seven members of her family were killed in the attack. Six other members fled. At that time the Supreme Court also expressed great anger over this incident.

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