Those giving hollow slogans like 'Beti Bachao' are 'saving rapists': Rahul Gandhi on Bilkis Bano case

Bilkis Bano was gangraped in Gujarat's Randhikpur village and seven members of her family, including her three-year-old daughter, killed on 3 March, 2002 in the Gujarat riots that broke out after the Godhra train burning

Press Trust of India August 25, 2022 16:59:13 IST
Those giving hollow slogans like 'Beti Bachao' are 'saving rapists': Rahul Gandhi on Bilkis Bano case

File image of Rahul Gandhi. PTI

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded justice for Gujarat riots survivor Bilkis Bano and alleged that those giving hollow slogans like ‘Beti Bachao’ are “saving rapists”.

The 11 convicts were released on 15 August under the Gujarat government’s remission policy after serving 15 years in jail.

“Those giving hollow slogans like ‘Beti Bachao’ are saving rapists,” 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 gangraped in Gujarat’s Randhikpur village and seven members of her family, including her three-year-old daughter, killed on 3 March, 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 15 August after the Gujarat government allowed their release under its remission policy.

A special CBI court in Mumbai on 21 January, 2008, sentenced the 11 to life imprisonment on charges of gangrape and murder. Their conviction was later upheld by the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.

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