Bilkis Bano case: SC refuses to stay conviction of IPS officer RS Bhagora

On May 5, the Bombay HC had upheld the life imprisonment of 11 men convicted for the gangrape of Bilkis Bano and murder of her family members during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 30, 2017 12:25 pm
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to grant stay on the conviction of an IPS officer in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case. A vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta said that there was no urgency for hearing the matter as the convicted officer has already undergone the sentence. The apex court, however, listed the matter for hearing in the second week of July and observed that the fine is Rs 15,000 only.

Earlier this month, IPS officer R S Bhagora, who is currently serving in Gujarat, was convicted along with four other policemen by the Bombay High Court, which reversed the trial court verdict that had acquitted them in the Bilkis Bano case. In addition to five policemen, two doctors were also convicted by the High Court.

On May 5, the Bombay High Court had upheld the life imprisonment of 11 men convicted for the gangrape of Bilkis Bano and murder of her family members during the 2002 Gujarat riots. A total of 18 people now stand convicted in the case, which includes Gujarat police officers and doctors of a government hospital, who were charged with suppressing and tampering with evidence.

On March 3, 2002, Bano, who was then 19 years old and five months pregnant, was escaping mobs of rioters along with her family on a truck, days after the burning of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra station. The truck was attacked by an armed mob in Randhikpur village of Dahod district during which 14 members of her family were killed, including her daughter, mother Halima and cousin Shamim. Bilkis was gangraped and left for dead.

With PTI inputs


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  1. D
    May 30, 2017 at 10:27 pm
    The psychopaths who did these heinous crimes had the blessings of the psychopaths who had instructed them to do so . They brain wash the general public expressing the religious sentiments thereby they get elected despite their blood curd acts . Poetic justice will befall on them one day . The murderers and marauders are presenting themselves as the people who stand for development of this country . They are complacent that they can ever fool general public given their religious iden y . Your success will be short lived morons
    1. H
      May 30, 2017 at 5:06 pm
      What was pathetic was that women were Raped in unknown numbers,if they had any hate they could have killed them,instead of leaving them scarred for life.Savagery was justified when people voted those who allowed this to continue and shamed humanity.A women whoose modesty is outraged is dead for good
      1. A
        May 30, 2017 at 3:06 pm
        1000 chua kake billy e ......... pe!!!!!!
        1. S
          siddharth chaturvedi
          May 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm
          Justice should and will prevail. Jai Hind.
          1. E
            May 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm
            WHEN the Victim will be in Grave
          2. A
            May 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm
            Just the thought of kil a human being sends chill down my spine. How can people commit such barbaric acts. Cannot imagine the pain and trauma that this lady had to go through and many others like her. My heart sank on reading that her daughter was also murdered. Little girl became victim of this dirty politics. All responsible for this genocide will be punished and burn in on the judgement day. They might be acquitted or convicted in this world, but there is no escape door for these goons on the final day.
            1. O
              Ozair Akhtar
              May 30, 2017 at 4:53 pm
              We need to teach mankind the humanity. Being born in a human race does not guarantee humanity. Sadly many are not taught the truth. We can only pray that Allah guides mankind to the straight path.
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