Women’s rights group protest against release of convicts in Mumbai

Mumbai-based women’s rights groups, including the Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW), staged a protest against the release of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case.

On August 16, all the convicts were released after the Gujarat government allowed the same as part of its surrender policy. Many, including Kapil Sibal and TMC MP Mahua Moitra, have asked the Supreme Court to revoke their release.

The group staged a protest at Dadar station on Tuesday. No less than 200 to 300 people signed an appeal prepared by the militants which demanded the revocation of the release of the convicts.

“Ordinary people are furious to let the criminals of such a horrible crime go free. They were released around Independence Day and were congratulated upon their release, whose freedom are we really celebrating?” asked Chayanika Shah, FAOW member.

The group staged another protest on Monday in which they rode the West Commuter Railroad and spoke to female commuters. They explained the matter and asked to sign a letter of appeal to mark their protest against the handing over of the convicts.

Shah said: “The response we have received from passengers has been quite favourable. The majority of them felt that these 11 men roaming freely in society are extremely dangerous. We got 400 signatures at the end of our three hour effort.

Bilkis Bano was 21 and five months pregnant when she was raped by 11 men as she fled the violence that erupted after the Godhra train fire. Among those killed was her 3-year-old daughter.

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