One is yet to be even called to testify. The other has seen her case dragged to HC. But, in the order giving relief to Bilkis, there is a glimmer of hope for other alleged gangrape cases of Gujarat 2002: “Fight for justice is never in vain”. AISHWARYA MOHANTY reports
Bilkis Bano is the quintessential Indian our Constitution demands us to be. She may be unlettered but she understands the spirit of the Preamble. She understands the weight of the words, “We, the people of India”.
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday directed the Gujarat government to provide the exemplary compensation to Bano and her family within two weeks, along with a government job and accommodation of her choice.
The Bombay High Court had on May 4 upheld the conviction and life imprisonment of 12 people in the gangrape case. It had set aside the acquittal of seven people, including five policemen and two doctors.
On March 3, 19-year-old Bilkis Bano along with her family were on their way, escaping a mob on a truck. Bilkis was five months pregnant and accompanying her were 17 other people in the truck, including her 2-year-old daughter.