The Bombay high court upheld the life sentence of the 11 convicted in the Bilkis Bano gangrape case and set aside the acquittal of accused police officers.
Bilkis Yakub Rasool was gangraped during the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat. Fourteen of her family members were killed, including her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter. She has been fighting for justice ever since, despite the threats and intimidation that came along the way.
The Bombay high court on Thursday (May 4) upheld the life sentence given by a trial court to 11 convicted in the Bilkis Bano gangrape and murder case from the 2002 Godhra riots. In addition, the court set aside the acquittal of others accused in the case, including Gujarat police officers and doctors from a government hospital. In light of this verdict, which Bilkis Bano describes as having “vindicated [her] truth and upheld [her] faith in the judiciary”, The Wire presents a detailed timeline of the case.