Bilkis Bano case: The Supreme Court today has refused to grant a stay on the conviction of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer R S Bhagora in the Bilkis Bano case. The apex court said that there is no urgency in the matter as the convicted officer has already undergone the sentence. The court has listed the plea of the IPS officer for the second week of July.
Bilkis Bano was gang raped by a group of men during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Bano was 19-years-old at that time and was pregnant. Bano was brutalised by the group of men and members of her family had been killed in front of her. The Bombay High Court on May 4 had rejected a CBI plea which sought the death sentence for three accused in the case. The High Court had also upheld the life sentence of 11 convicts, according to the Indian Express.
National Award-winning filmmaker Shonali Bose said that the masterminds of the cover-up should be sentenced to death. Bose said, ”The five policemen did not play a major role in the cover-up. The indictment by the Bombay High Court is a step in the direction of justice, but justice will only de served after those behind the cover-up in the 2002 Gujarat riots are also brought to justice”.
NC Saxena a former bureaucrat told the Indian Express that the police have prejudices against the minority community in cases of communal violence, according to the Indian Express.