Expressing “shock and anguish” over the remission granted to Bilkis Bano gang-rape convicts, as many as 54 faculty and staff members of IIM Bangalore wrote to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Thursday, saying the act of the Gujarat government “emboldens” the perpetrators of such acts. heinous crimes and “extinguishes” the hope of millions of Indians in the judicial system.
In a letter to the CJI, the 54 signatories, including senior professors at the top business school, said the referral is not only a denial of justice but “also presents real and immediate danger to Bilkis Bano and his family “.
“The sympathetic treatment these convicted men have received is shocking. What kind of nation will we become if Bilkis Bano is left to fend for himself while his offenders are given a hero’s welcome… We appeal to you Honorable Judge chief, to allow us to continue to place our trust in the Supreme Court.” they wrote in the letter.
On Thursday, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ramama issued a notice to the Center and the Gujarat government on a plea challenging the release of the 11 convicts in the 2002 case. The matter has been posted for hearing after two weeks.
Expressing solidarity with Bano, IIM Bangalore officials said the crime committed against her were not common crimes as the perpetrators were accused and convicted of gang rape and murder of the most depraved and inhuman kind.
“We are shocked and deeply distressed by this act of the Gujarat government. We hope that our legal system and courts will live up to the promise that as a nation we have “solemnly resolved” to “secure to all its citizens: justice, liberty, equality and fraternity,” the letter notes.
The horrors that Bano suffered no woman anywhere should have to go through, she stressed. Remission is “bound to embolden the perpetrators of these heinous crimes while extinguishing the hope of millions of Indians who look to the courts for justice,” he said.