khaskhabar/’The trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again,’ these were the words of Bilkis Bano after the 11 convicts who gang-raped her and killed her children during the Godhra riots in 2002 were released under the Gujarat government’s remission policy.
the government’s decision has left her numb
She appealed to the state government to “undo this harm” and give her back the “right to live without fear and in peace”.“Two days ago, on August 15, 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,” Bilkis Bano said in the statement.She said the government’s decision has left her numb.
release of these convicts has taken from me my peace and shaken my faith in justice
“Today, I can only say this – how can justice for any woman end like this? I trusted the highest courts in our land. I trusted the system, and I was learning slowly to live with my trauma. The release of these convicts has taken from me my peace and shaken my faith in justice. My sorrow and my wavering faith is not for myself alone but for every woman who is struggling for justice in courts,” Bano added
I appeal to the Gujarat Government, please undo this harm
.She said that no one enquired about her safety and well-being, before taking such a big and unjust decision. “I appeal to the Gujarat Government, please undo this harm. Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace. Please ensure that my family and I are kept safe,” said Bano.
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