Bilqis Bano case challenged in Supreme Court


New Delhi: The amnesty granted by the Gujarat government to 11 accused in the Balquis Bano gang-rape and murder case during the 2002 riots was challenged in the Supreme Court. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana agreed to look into the matter after advocate Aparna Bhat sought an urgent list. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal also mentioned the matter and said: “ The Supreme Court has authorized the government to consider it. We are challenging the pardon, not the Supreme Court's order.” CPI(M) leader Subhashni Ali, journalist Revathi Lawal and social activist and professor Roop Rekha Verma had filed the petition in the apex court. Earlier, more than 6,000 people, including activists and historians, urged the Supreme Court to cancel the early release of the convicts in the case. His release sparked outrage across the country. It is important to remember that Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the ideological gurus of the ruling system, once described rape as a legitimate weapon that could deter Muslims from doing the same to Hindu women. It is also no coincidence that in recent months there have been calls by so-called Hindu religious leaders to kill Muslims and rape Muslim women. This is a clear message to Muslims not to hope for justice, BJP supporters This is an indication that they are immune from punishment for any crime. That in fact, any allegation that a Hindu has committed a crime against a Muslim must be a conspiracy regardless of the evidence. It is also no coincidence that in recent months there have been calls by so-called Hindu religious leaders to kill Muslims and rape Muslim women. Instead of punishing them, Indian authorities targeted those who exposed the hate speech, such as fact-checker Muhammad Zubair, who was arrested on false grounds. The implications for India's 200 million Muslims are even more dire: justice, even if reserved as an exception, can be overturned at any time. Even on a day when they, like other Indians, are celebrating the nation they have always embraced, but is now turning away from them. Justice, even if reserved as an exception, can be revoked at any time. Even on a day when they, like other Indians, are celebrating the nation they have always embraced, but is now turning away from them.