New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today demanded justice for Gujarat riots rape survivor Bilkis Bano and alleged that those giving “hollow slogans” like “Beti Bachao” are instead “saving rapists”. The 11 convicts were released on August 15 under the Gujarat government’s remission policy after serving 15 years in jail.
“Those giving hollow slogans like ‘Beti Bachao’ are saving rapists,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. “Today, the question is about the respect and rights of the women of the country. Give justice to Bilkis Bano,” the former Congress chief said.
Bilkis Bano was gang-raped in Gujarat’s Randhikpur village and seven members of her family, including her three-year-old daughter, killed on March 3, 2002 in the Gujarat riots that broke out after the Godhra train burning. She was 21 years old and five months pregnant at the time.
The convicts walked out of the Godhra sub-jail on August 15 after the Gujarat government allowed their release under its remission policy. A special CBI court in Mumbai on January 21, 2008, sentenced the 11 to life imprisonment on charges of gang-rape and murder. Their conviction was later upheld by the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.