PEACE AT LAST?
Bilkis Bano (pictured), still a teenager at the time and pregnant, was gang raped by a Hindu mob in the 2002 Gujarat riots. They killed her toddler daughter. Over a dozen members of her family were slaughtered. All she wanted, she has said, in the wake of the Bombay High Court decision that upheld life sentences for the rapists and murderers, was “justice, not revenge”. Police and doctors were also judged complicit in covering up the crime. Perhaps the Supreme Court had already acknowledged possible complicity when it agreed in 2004 that she could not receive justice in Gujarat and transferred her case to Mumbai. The events of Bilkis’s case make for horrifying reading as does the aftermath. Still, she “always had full faith in the judiciary” to do the right thing. “It’s a very good judgment,” she said, “and I’m very happy with it.”