Bilkis Bano’s husband, Yakub Rasul, says India will stand by his wife until she gets justice.
Although he says his family and those who supported Bilkis’ case were “shocked” to see the premature release of 11 convicts who gang-raped his wife and murdered several of their family members, including their three-year-old daughter, Rasul asserts that they will continue to fight till the moment that justice is done.
He spoke exclusively to The Wire‘s Arfa Khanum Sherwani, who is in Gujarat to cover the last leg of campaigning ahead of elections in the state. The state is going to polls in two phases on December 1 and 5, and the votes will be counted on December 8.
In addition to the 11 convicts, Rasul says members of the committee that recommended their early release must be brought to book. The 11 convicts walked out of the Godhra sub-jail on August 15, serving 18 years of their life term. Their premature release set off a huge controversy, with political parties and civil society organisations demanding the decision be rolled back.