SC awards ₹50 lakh to Godhra rape survivor Bilkis Bano, Twitterati, activists, scribes welcome decision 

SC directed the Gujarat govt to get her a state govt job and provide her accommodation at a place of her choice. The netizens and activists have welcomed the decision while questioning the delay

 Supreme Court (PTI)
Supreme Court (PTI)


The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Gujarat government to rehabilitate and pay ₹50 lakh in compensation to Bilkis Yakub Rasool, who was gang raped at the age of 21 in 2002 during the post-Godhra riots. Her three-year-old daughter was also killed.

A bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, expressed concern about the victim after learning that she had been living a nomadic life, and has been surviving on charity.

The court directed the Gujarat government to get her a state government job and provide her accommodation at a place of her choice.

The apex court also rubbished Gujarat government counsel's contention that the compensation was too high for the victim, and instead she should be given ₹10 lakh.

Earlier, she was given ₹5 lakh compensation from the state.

The Gujarat government counsel also informed the top court that three guilty officials, who tried to tamper with evidence in the Bilkis Bano gang rape case, have been stripped off entire pensionary benefits, and an IPS officer has been demoted by two ranks.

Social activists, scribes and people in general have welcomed the apex court’s decision on social media while some questioned the delay:

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Published: 23 Apr 2019, 4:42 PM