Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi over the release of convicts in the Bilkis Bano case. Moitra has filed a petition challenging the release of the convicts in the Supreme Court.
Mitesh Bhatt, a Bilkis convict awaiting trial in 2020, molested a woman while on parole. This man was also released by you. Achhe Din. Acche Log. Beti ko molest karna bhi apka liye “good behaviour” ? “(Good days. Good people. Molesting daughters is also good behavior for you?” Moitra tweeted with Modi, Shah, and Joshi tagged.
The Gujarat government informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it had decided to release the 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case since they had “completed 14 years or more in prison… Their behavior had been found to be good”, and the Centre had also “conveyed its consent/approval”.
It was also stated in the affidavit submitted by the state government that 10 of the 11 men sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2002 gangrape of Bilkis Bano had been released from prison for more than 1000 days each — on parole, furlough, temporary bail — and the 11th for 998 days before they were all released on August 15, 2017.
In an interview with The Deccan Era, Joshi defended the release of the convicts, stating that they had been released “in accordance with the law”. The actions taken are in accordance with the law. A provision exists for the release of a person after serving the required time in prison. That provision, which is absolutely legal, has been implemented in this case,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi, a senior Congress leader, also criticized Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday. He speaks from the Red Fort about women’s honor, but in reality, he is in the company of rapists. There is a clear difference between the Prime Minister’s promises and his intentions. The only thing he has accomplished is to deceive women,” Rahul commented on Twitter.