Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, said she was not happy with the quantum of sentencing announced by the special designated court in the 2002 Gulbarg Society massacre. The court handed out life sentences to 11 persons convicted of murder while 12 others were given seven years of imprisonment. One person was sentenced to ten years in prison.
The families of the victims, including Zakia Jafri, wanted life imprisonment for all the convicts while the SIT, that investigated the case, demanded death sentences.
“I am not satisfied with the order as all the convicts should have gotten life imprisonment. The battle is still on and we will fight till we get justice,” Zakia told the Indian Express.
“I am the person who had seen the heinous killing of innocent people, not the court….They (the mob) came well-prepared and attacked innocent people,” she added.
Additionally, she told news agency ANI, “This case is not over for me today. We are right where we started. This is not justice, I will have to consult my lawyers again.”
Zakia’s husband Ahsan Jafri was one among 69 people killed at the Gulbarg Society during the post-Godhra riots in 2002. The court noted today that the incident was ‘the darkest phase of civil society.’
Zakia had led a legal battle against then Gujarat chief minister and now prime minister Narendra Modi and 61 other bureaucrats, police officers and politicians, charging them with complicity in the 2002 riots. Her protest petition against the clean chit subsequently given to all the accused is being heard in Gujarat High Court.
Zakia stays with her son Tanveer in the Adajan area of Surat and the family, considered star witnesses in the case, is being protected by CRPF.
(With ENS and ANI inputs)