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Indian women protest release of Hindu men who sexually assaulted pregnant Muslim woman

  • Dozens of women protested in New Delhi, India, on Thursday after a court ordered the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman and killed seven of her family members in 2002.
  • Activists at the protest held signs that read “Protecting rapists and penalizing victims” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” as they directed their outrage toward the state government.
  • “How can justice for any woman end like this?” the rape victim reportedly wrote in a statement released on Wednesday. “Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace.”

Dozens of women have spoken up against the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in India in 2002.

Activists gathered in New Delhi to protest on Thursday after a court on Monday ordered the release of the Hindu men who sexually assaulted Bilkis Bano, a then-21-year-old pregnant Muslim woman, and killed seven of her family members.

India frees 11 Hindu men who sexually assaulted pregnant Muslim woman, killed 7 of her family members in 2002

11 Hindu men
  • The 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in 2002 and killed seven of her family members were freed on remission on Monday from Gujarat’s Godhra town jail.
  • The men were previously convicted in early 2008 and given life sentences for the rape of Bilkis Bano, a then-21-year-old woman who was five months pregnant at the time, amid the Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002.
  • The decision sparked outrage from the victim’s family, lawyers and politicians.
  • On Monday, media footage showed the 11 men being welcomed with confectioneries outside the jail upon their release.
  • The release has also sparked criticism regarding the government’s stance on violence against women.

A court in India ordered the release of 11 Hindu men who gang-raped a pregnant Muslim woman in 2002 and killed seven of her family members.

Themen involved in the Bilkis Bano case were freed on remission on Monday from Gujarat’s Godhra town jail as India celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of British rule.