New Delhi: Islamic organisation Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Saturday alleged political motive behind the release of Bilkis Bano’s convicts.
Addressing a press conference, JIH Vice-President Engineer Saleem said: “The role of the Gujarat government in ensuring the release of those convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case and the murder of seven members of her family is deplorable.”
“Such decisions that are aimed at reaping political dividends to appease a particular constituency are highly objectionable.”
He said the JIH condemns the decision and hopes that the apex court intervenes in the matter to reverse this grave injustice carried out under the guise of official government policy.
“The remission policy should be applied to those languishing in jails for petty crimes not for heinous crimes like rape and murder. ” he said.
If state governments are allowed to free criminals of their choice through a remission policy despite being convicted for crimes like rape and murder, then this will make a mockery of our judiciary and the citizens will lose hope in the supremacy of the law.
“This is bound to embolden criminals and their masterminds as they will be confident of being bailed out by the system sooner or later despite committing the most heinous crimes.” added Saleem.
The manner in which these convicts are being felicitated and lauded is quite reprehensible.
Jamaat-e Islami Hind has sought the President’s intervention in reversing the decision of releasing the convicts to save the system of justice and governance from becoming paralysed an ineffective.
Notably, Bilkis Bano was 19-years-old and five months pregnant when she was gang-raped while fleeing the violence that broke out after the Godhra train burning in Gujarat in 2002.