Was numb for two days, says Bilkis Bano on release of rapists

Ahmedabad, 18/8: Two days after the Gujarat government released all 11 persons convicted to life for gang rape and murder of her family members during the 2002 post-Godhra riots, the victim Bilkis Bano on Wednesday said in a statement that the decision has taken “her peace and faith in justice.” She has said that for the past two days she was “bereft of words” and “numb”.


In the written statement in English, Hindi as well as Gujarati, released on behalf of her by advocate Shobha Gupta, Bilkis Bano has been quoted as saying, “Two days ago, on August 15, 2022 the trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again. When I heard that the 11 convicted men who devastated my family and my life, and took from me my 3-year-old daughter, had walked free. I was bereft of words. I am still numb.”

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