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BJP ‘exposed’ for helping convicts, should apologise to country’s women: Congress on Bilkis verdict

Hailing the SC verdict that quashed the Gujarat government’s decision to grant remission to the 11 convicts, Congress said it has “fully exposed” the true face of the BJP’s “anti-women stand.”

Congress On Bilkis Bano VerdictNEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in Gujarat of helping in the premature release of convicts in the Bilkis Bano rape case and said the ruling party should apologise to the women of the country after the Supreme Court sent the convicts back to jail.

Hailing the Supreme Court verdict that quashed the Gujarat government’s decision to grant remission to the 11 convicts, the opposition party said it has “fully exposed” the true face of the BJP’s “anti-women stand.”

The Supreme Court, in its verdict, said the Gujarat government abused its power by releasing the men convicted of gang-raping Bilkis Bano and murdering seven of her family members during the 2002 riots and directed that they be sent back to jail within two weeks.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge claimed the verdict exposes the “misdeeds” of the Home Ministry and the Gujarat Government and shows how the BJP can deny justice to a woman only to win elections.

“‘Save the daughter’ became ‘Save the culprit’! The decision of the Supreme Court in the Bilkis Bano case is the restoration of justice. It exposes the misdeeds of the Home Ministry of Modi Government and the Gujarat Government,” he posted in Hindi on X.

Soon after the judgement, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the verdict has shown once again who the “protector of criminals” is. In a post in Hindi on ‘X’, Gandhi said, “The tendency to ‘murder justice’ for electoral gains is dangerous for a democratic system.”

“Today, the Supreme Court’s decision once again showed the country who gives ‘patronage to criminals’. Bilkis Bano’s tireless struggle symbolises the victory of justice against the arrogant BJP government,” the former Congress chief added.

Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the court has shown the mirror to the BJP.

“The process adopted by the ruling BJP in protecting rapists and their premature release, now they are not getting any place to hide their faces. All the ‘jumlas’ of the BJP stand exposed and the real face of the BJP has come out. Despite being in jail, all these culprits were given a lot of facilities by the BJP’s central and state governments. But sins cannot be hidden or done away with for long,” Singhvi alleged.

He said the arms and the ears and eyes of the law are long and ultimately the wheels of justice crush very finely. “This judgement, (going by) the content, the contours, it is a revolutionary judgement. Because it speaks the truth, it shows the mirror to arrogant power to punch drunk power,” he said, noting that the Congress had questioned the release of the convicts.

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