2002 Riots Victim Bilkis Bano To Get Rs. 50 Lakh Compensation: Top Court

Post-Godhra riots: The Supreme Court also directed the Gujarat government to provide Bilkis Bano with a government job and accommodation

2002 Riots Victim Bilkis Bano To Get Rs 50 Lakh Compensation: Top Court

Post-Godhra riots: Supreme Court directed Gujarat government to pay Rs. 50 lakh to Bilkis Bano
NEW DELHI: 

Bilkis Bano, who was gang-raped at the age of 21 during the 2002 riots in Gujarat, will receive a compensation of Rs. 50 lakh from the state government, the Supreme Court ordered today. On learning that she has no place to live and been leading a nomadic life since 2002, the court also ordered the state government to provide her with a government job and accommodation.

A resident of a village in Dahod, Bilkis Yakub Rasool’s family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad during the post-Godhra riots on 3 March 2002.

Fourteen members of her family were massacred – the youngest of them was Bilkis Bano’s three-year-old daughter Saleha, whose head was smashed on a rock.

Bilkis Bano, who was pregnant at the time, was gang-raped. She survived as they left her for dead.

Eleven men were convicted for the rape in 2008.

Bilkis Bano had sought action against the police officers who tried to derail the investigation and were convicted by the Bombay High Court. She had also sought exemplary compensation.

The top court had directed the Gujarat government to take disciplinary action against the cops.

Her lawyer had told the court that four of the officers had retired and a fifth – an IPS officer – was about to. But no disciplinary action had been taken against them.

Today, the Gujarat government informed the top court that the four officers who retired won’t get their pension and the DCP who is serving being demoted.