After the Supreme Court on Friday confirmed the death sentence of four convicts in the Delhi gang-rape case, the Bilkis Bano case is back in the news.
Reports have surfaced that now Lok Sabha MP and chief of All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi has asked the Centre to move the apex court to seek death penalty for the convicts in the 2002 post-Godhra Gujarat riot case involving the gang-rape of Bilkis Bano and the killing of her family members.
It is to be noted that the Bombay High Court upheld the conviction and life sentence of 12 people in the Bilkis Bano case and set aside the acquittal of seven others.
The CBI’s appeal yesterday seeking death penalty for the three of the convicts was rejected by the HC.
“The judgement that came in the case of Bilkis Bano, I respect the high court, but I feel I should also ask as to why there are double standards in communal cases and the rape cases, particularly in awarding death sentences…” he said.
“I believe this (Bilkis Bano) is a fit case in which the culprits should have been awarded the death penalty. Here comes a chance (for Prime Minister Narendra Modi). File appeal in the Supreme court against the high court judgement and see to it that it is converted into death penalty,” said the MP.
Bano was gang-raped and several members of her family were murdered during the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, reported agencies.