The Supreme Court of India has given a historic verdict in the rape case of Bilkis Banu, the controversial state of Gujarat of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The country’s highest court has said that the Gujarat government committed fraud by acquitting 11 accused involved in the rape of Bilkis Banu. Besides, the court also reprimanded the Gujarat government.
Bilkis Banu was a victim of gang rape in Gujarat, India. After the incident, 11 people were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment on the charges of rape, but a few days ago, the Gujarat government released them in a special order. Bilkis Banu later appealed to the Supreme Court of India challenging the government’s decision. In view of that application, the Supreme Court ordered to send the rapists back to jail.
According to a report of the Indian media NDTV, the highest court of India, the Supreme Court, gave this decision on Monday morning local time. NDTV reports that the verdict is a big win for Bilkis Banu and a blow to the Gujarat government.
In view of the appeal of Bilkis Banu, the judgment of the bench comprising Justice BV Nagarathana and Ujjal Bhuiyan of the Supreme Court of India said that the Gujarat government has no right to commute the sentence of the convicts as the Maharashtra court sentenced the culprits of the incident.
At that time, the court scolded the Gujarat government and said that the Gujarat government should have applied to the court to reconsider the 2020 order and at the same time admit that they are not a competent government. At the time, the court also said that the government lacked competence or competence in the order given to release (convicts).
The court also said that only the place (state) where they have been tried can order the release of criminals.
Justice BV Nagarthana, in her observations, said that protecting the rights of victims is always important and women deserve respect. No matter what society or religion a woman belongs to, no matter how high or low she is considered in society—she deserves respect. What heinous crimes against women are forgivable?
A two-judge bench ruled that an accused had pleaded with the Gujarat state government to pardon him by claiming material evidence and creating misleading information. The Gujarat government responded to the plea and released him, but the court did not give any direction to the Gujarat government in this regard. This is a fraudulent act.