Bilkis Bano

Bilkis Bano

Bilkis Bano is one of the victims of the riots which followed the Godhra train massacre. [cite news
url =http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/aug/07spec1.htm
title =The tragedy of Bilkis Banu
date = 2004-08-07
accessdate = 2008-01-19
publisher = Rediff.com
]

On March 3 (or February 28), 2002, she was gangraped in Dahod district of Gujarat when she was pregnant. She also lost 14 relatives including her 3-year-old child, mother and 2 sisters.

She is the sole witness to this incident. The case was handled by the CBI, and was transferred to Mumbai court on the orders of the Supreme Court. [cite news
url =http://in.rediff.com/news/2004/aug/08guj.htm
title =I hope justice will be done now: Bilkis Bano
date = 2004-08-08
accessdate = 2008-01-19
publisher = Rediff.com
] 20 people have been accused in the case.

On 18 January 2008 sessions judge U D Salvi convicted twelve persons, including a police official. Seven others were acquitted for lack of direct evidence by the court. [cite news
url =http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200801181863.htm
title =12 convicted, seven let off in Bilkis Bano rape case
date = 2008-01-18
accessdate = 2008-01-19
publisher = The Hindu
]

References

* [http://sunninews.wordpress.com/2008/01/21/hailing-the-indian-judiciary-bilkis-bano-gets-justice-in-gujarat-genocide-case/ Justice is done]

A Mumbai court on 21st awarded life sentence to 11 persons in connection to the Bilkis Bano gangrape case in Gujarat.


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