Gang rape of Bilkis Bano: statement by US religious organization USCIRF intervened on release of convicts, know what it said

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The US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has strongly opposed the premature release of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang rape case in Gujarat. Along with this, the commission called the premature release of the convicts unjust. In fact, the Gujarat government released 11 defendants this month. The government described the release as part of its clemency policy.

USCIRF strongly condemns the early and abusive release of 11 people sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape of a pregnant Muslim woman during the 2002 Gujarat riots and the murder of Muslim victims, the vice president of the USCIRF said. ‘USCIRF. commission, Abraham Cooper, in a statement. Describing the early release of convicts as a “ridicule of justice”, Commissioner Stephen Schneck said it was part of a pattern of impunity for those involved in violence against religious minorities.

The defendants were arrested in 2004

On March 3, 2002, during the post-Godhra riots, a mob attacked Bilkis Bano’s family in Randhikpur village of Limkheda taluka of Dahod district. Bilkis was five months pregnant at the time. She was gang raped and seven members of her family were murdered. The defendants in this case were arrested in 2004.

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no one inquired about my safety

Bilkis Bano said on Wednesday that the premature release of 11 convicts, who are serving life sentences in a case involving him and seven members of his family, shattered his faith in justice. He said that before making such an important and unfair decision, no one inquired about his safety or thought about his well-being. He asked the government of Gujarat to change this and give them the right to live in peace without fear.

“The past was before me”

According to a statement released by his lawyer Shobha on behalf of Bilkis Bano, he said: “Two days ago, August 15, 2022, when I heard that 11 people who ruined my family and my life, tore my three year old son. daughter of me. The culprits were released, and then 20 years of a horrible past stood before me.

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