Gujarat: Eleven convicts sentenced to life imprisonment for rape, murder of Bilkis Bano walk free

A screen grab of the video shows eleven convicts being felicitated, as Hindu men touch their feet, offer sweets, and conduct a tilak ceremony in Gujarat.

Gujarat: The eleven men sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gang rape case walked out of the Godhra sub-jail after the government of Gujarat approved their release under its remission policy on Monday, 15 August.

“A committee formed a few months back took a unanimous decision in favour of remission of all the 11 convicts in the case. The recommendation was sent to the state government, and yesterday we received the orders for their release,” said Sujal Mayatra, Panchmahals Collector, who was presiding over the panel, as per PTI.

Visuals of them walking free surfaced on social media on Tuesday, which showed them being felicitated, as locals touched their feet, offered them sweets, and conducted a tilak ceremony.

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