Bilkis Bano Gangrape Case: Supreme Court Directs Gujarat Government to Provide Rs 50 Lakh Compensation, Job to 2002 Riots Victim
New Delhi: Gang-rape victim Bilkis Bano during a press conference in New Delhi, on May 8, 2017. Bano was 19 years old and pregnant when she was subjected to the horror during the 2002 Gujarat riots. (Photo Credits: IANS)

New Delhi, April 23: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Gujarat government to pay a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to gangrape survivour Bilkis Bano. The top court while hearing Bano’s plea, also asked the state government to provide the rape survivor with a government job and accommodation as per rules. Last month, the top court had given two week-time to the Gujarat government to complete disciplinary action against police officials found guilty by the trial court and the Bombay High Court in the 2002 post-Godhra Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. 2002 Gujarat Riots, 1993 Mumbai Riots, 2013 Muzaffarnagar Riots Cited by Delhi HC in Verdict Convicting Sajjan Kumar in 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Case.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked the Gujarat government to inform it about the action taken. The next hearing was scheduled for today, i.e April 23. Earlier, Bano had rejected the Gujarat government's offer of Rs 5 lakh interim compensation. In one of the previous hearings, the apex court had sought the state government’s response on the departmental action taken against the policemen convicted in the case. 2002 Gujarat Riots Case: SC to Hear After 4 Weeks Zakia Jafri's Plea Against Clean Chit to Narendra Modi.

Bilkis Yakub Rasool was 19 years old and pregnant when she was gang-raped during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The horrifying incidents occurred in Randhikpur village near Dahod on March 3, 2002, when she and her family were attacked by a mob.