Bilkis Bano’s Rapists Are “Brahmins, Have Good Sanskar”: BJP’s Sitting MLA


New Delhi: The 11 men convicted for the rape of Bilkis Bano and released by the Gujarat government after 15-odd years in jail, are “Brahmins” and have “good sanskaar”, the BJP’s sitting MLA from Godhra has said. Amid the countrywide outrage over the men’s release, CK Raulji has backed the men, who were feted with sweets and garlands after their release.

CK Raulji was one of the two BJP leaders who were part of the Gujarat government panel that unanimously decided to release the rapists. The decision was taken after one of the convicts approached the Supreme Court seeking remission and the matter was passed onto the state government.

“I don’t know whether they committed any crime or not. But there has to be intention of committing crime,” CK Raulji is heard telling the reporter from Mojo Story.

“They were Brahmins and Brahmins are known to have good sanskaar. It might have been someone’s ill intention to corner and punish them,” added the MLA in the interview, which is circulating widely on social media. The convicts, he added, had good conduct while in jail.

The rapists walked free on Independence Day, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of women’s empowerment from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Shortly after, videos showing their warm welcome by a right-wing group emerged.

The move — made in contravention of current rules which bar remission for convicts of rape and murder — has appalled many. The opposition parties have been vocal against it.

Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months’ pregnant when she was gangraped during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Seven members of her family were murdered, among them her three-year-old daughter whose head was bashed with rocks. Seven other relatives, who she says were also killed, were declared “missing”.

She spent years in hiding, constantly shifting home, till the rapists were jailed. After the release, she has been too shell-shocked to consider the next steps, to take thought of safety or any legal recourse. She has asked the Gujarat government to reverse its decision and “ensure that my family and I are kept safe”.

Comments are closed.