- Supreme Court orders the Gujarat government to pay Rs 50 lakh as compensation to Bilkis Bano.
- In 2002 Gujarat riot, Bilkis Bano’s family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad.
- On January 21 of 2008, a special court convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 11 men for raping Bano and murdering seven of her family members.
- Earlier, Bilkis Bano refused to receive interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh by Gujarat Govt.
After 17 long years, the Supreme Court finally orders the Gujarat government to pay Rs 50 lakh as compensation to Bilkis Bano, a gang-rape victim of the horrifying 2002 riots who was left to die. The top court also directed the Gujarat government to provide her a government job and accommodation as per the rules.
The state government had offered an interim compensation of Rs 5 lakh but Bano had refused to accept and sought exemplary compensation from the state government in a plea before the Supreme Court.
On March 29, the Court asked the state government to take disciplinary action within two weeks against the erring police officials. Bano had said that one IPS officer, currently serving in Gujarat set to retire this year, and four other officials who had retired, no action was taken against them like stopping pensions or retirement benefits.
Her legal counsel Advocate Shobha Gupta said these police officers were convicted by the high court for botching up the investigation in the case. The Advocate told the Court that Bano had been almost leading a nomadic life after being subjected to a gruesome crime, therefore and exemplary compensation should be granted. Representing the state government, Advocate Tushar Mehta said the state government has a policy of granting Rs 5 lakh as compensation in such incidents.
In March of 2002, Bilkis Bano’s family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad following the Godhra riots. At that time, Bilkis Bano was five months pregnant. Some of her family members were killed and she was gang-raped. Only Bilkis Bano and her two relatives – Saddam and Husain survived the savagery. Her mother, sister, minor daughter and other relatives were killed.
On January 21 of 2008, a special court convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 11 men for raping Bano and murdering seven of her family members. However, seven persons including policemen and doctors were acquitted. The CBI had also filed an appeal in the high court seeking harsher punishment of death for three of the convicted persons on the ground that they were the main perpetrators of the crime.