The Supreme Court is set to hear Bilkis Bano's petition, in which she challenges the early release of rape convicts, on December 13.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court is set to hear Bilkis Bano’s petition, in which she challenges the early release of rape convicts, on December 13. A bench composed of Justices Ajay Rastogi and Bela Trivedi will hear the petition. The same bench has been minutely going through the public interest litigation (PILs) against the freedom given to eleven people accused of rape and murder.
A nationwide outrage took place in August amid the release of the convicts. The victim Bilkis Bano did not remain silent and knocked on the door of the apex court against the release on November 30. The 11 men had raped her and killed seven members of her family, including her daughter, in the Gujarat riots in 2002.
However, the existing remission policy of 2014 (of the Gujarat government) prohibits the early release of rape convicts; such restrictions were not in force in the 1992 policy.
The bench led by Justice Rastogi is also taking note of a number of applications filed in opposition to the Gujarat government’s August 10 order providing the 11 convicts under the 1992 policy the benefit of remission. Additionally, Bilkis Bano has asked the top court to reconsider its May judgement, which taught the state administration to take into account the prisoners’ request for an early release in accordance with its 1992 policy.
The state administration informed the Supreme Court in October that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had approved the early release of 11 prisoners who had been given life sentences in 2008. Additionally, it mentioned the prisoners’ “good behaviour” at the time.