Bilkis Bano has approached the Supreme Court challenging the acquittal of 11 people convicted of gang rape and murder of her family in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Bilkis Bano has filed two petitions against the release of the convicts. In the first petition, the release of 11 convicts has been challenged and a demand has been made to send all of them to jail immediately. While the second petition is a review petition on the May order of the Supreme Court. It has been said in the petition that the Supreme Court should reconsider the decision in which it was said that the Gujarat government will decide on the release of the culprits. Bilkis has said that the appropriate government for this is the Maharashtra government. Because the trial of the case was going on in Maharashtra.
A demand has also been made on behalf of Bilkis for an early hearing in the Supreme Court. CJI DY Chandrachud assured that he will see when the hearing can be held in the matter. The CJI has said that he will examine the issue whether both the petitions can be heard together. Can they be heard before the same bench?
Let us tell you that Bilkis Bano was 21 years old when she was gang-raped during the 2002 riots. Not only this, nine members of his family including his three-year-old daughter were also murdered.
This petition has been filed on behalf of Bilkis in the Supreme Court today, just before the voting for the Gujarat assembly elections.