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HC upholds life for 11 in Bilkis Bano case: Delay in Justice (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Fifteen years after the gang rape of pregnant 19-year-old Bilkis Bano during the post-Godhra riots, the Bombay High Court upheld the conviction of 11 accused and set aside the acquittal of seven others.

The judgment said while the probe conducted by the Gujarat police was “flawed with a dishonest investigation,” the evidence and statements given by Bilkis Bano were “completely trustworthy.”

About the case
According to the prosecution, on March 3, 2002, Bilkis Bano’s family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad during the post-Godhra riots and seven members of the family were killed.

(Adapted from The Hindu)

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