Today, a bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and Bela M. Trivedi was to hear the Bilkis Bano case, but Justice Trivedi declined from the hearing. The 11 rape-and-murder case inmates in the case are currently the subject of a number PIL’s.
National indignation is raising over the months by the prisoners’ release in August. On November 30, Bilkis Bano petitioned the highest court to stop the release. The 11 men are guilty in 2008 of raping her and murdering seven members of her family. Which include her daughter, in the riots in Gujarat in 2002.
“List the matter before a bench in which one of us is not a member”, said the bench.
The court did not specify any reason for the denial of hearing of justice Trivedi.
What is the reason for the Plea?
On August 15th of this 2022, all 11 prisoners received their releases. Bano therefore argued against the remission on the grounds that the state government issued a mechanical order that fully disregarded the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the law.
The Supreme Court thus ordered that the CBI conduct the case’s investigation, and that a Maharashtra court conduct the trial.
The 11 were given a life sentence on January 21, 2008 by a special CBI court in Mumbai.
However, both the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court upheld their conviction later.
However, the Gujarat government told the Supreme Court in October that the release of the 11 convicts had been approved. Also, the government and highlighted their “good behaviour” in doing so.
Bilkis Bano was gang raped in the 2002 Gujarat riots that followed the Godhra train burning tragedy. She was 21 and five months pregnant. One of the seven members of her family who died was her three-year-old daughter.
“The decision to once again stand up and knock on the doors of justice was not easy for me. For a long time, after the men who destroyed my entire family and my life were released, I was simply numb. I was paralyzed with shock and with fear for my children, my daughters, and above all, paralyzed by loss of hope,” said Bilkis Bano.
Currently, Bilkis Bano will have to wait until the next hearing to get justice. Do you think it is justifiable to release criminals on terms of good behaviour if there crime is so inhuman? A new bench of Supreme Court judges will hear the matter and take the case further.
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