Bilkis Bano Zindabad January 22, 2008Posted by astralwicks in Bilkis Bano, Gujarat, india, justice, Politics, Writing.
Tags: Cops, Courts, Hindutva, Human Interest, Human Rights, Indian Police, Modi, State
How do they sleep?
Bilkis Bano has got justice, the headlines proclaimed. Her rapists have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Some, mostly cops, have been acquitted.
Her baby was killed and every trace of hers was eliminated.
She lost how many…5, 8, 10, 12 no…14 relatives, including her 3 year old son, 2 sisters.
The cops who should have protected her then, stood silent, helped and participated in her rape and the slaughter of her relatives.
They are out now, set free by the courts, because of lack of evidence. They are back in the saddle. There powers have been restored. And they have not repented.
They participated in a pogrom without any provocation some years back. Now they have reasons. Where does Bilkis go? Back to her village? Will she be safe?
Yaqub, her husband, was with her through-out. And so were other activists who stood by her in the darkest of times.
In the meantime Gujarat marches ahead. Gujarat has twin figure growth rate. Gujaratis make money all over the world. Gujaratis own a lot. Gandhi was from Gujarat. Development will wash away all sins. Show them growth, flyovers, malls, television and no questions will be asked.
Well, dead people cannot ask any questions. Can they?