Has action been taken against convicted cops in Bilkis Bano gangrape case: SC asks Gujarat government

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The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Gujarat government if there has been any departmental action against cops convicted in the Bilkis Bano gangrape case.

The Apex Court has asked the government to file a detailed reply within four weeks.

During the hearing, a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also asked the victim to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) after she submitted in the court that she wanted enhancement of compensation.

In July, the Supreme Court had dismissed the appeals of two doctors and four policemen including an IPS officer challenging their conviction by the Bombay High Court in the sensational 2002 Bilkis Bano case, saying there was 'clear-cut evidence' against them.

According to the prosecution, on March 3, 2002, Bilkis Bano's family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad during the post-Godhra riots and seven members of her family were killed.

Bilkis, who was five months pregnant at the time, was gang-raped while six other members of her family managed to escape from the mob. The trial in the case began in Ahmedabad.

However, after Bilkis expressed apprehensions that the witnesses could be harmed and the CBI evidence tampered with, the Supreme Court transferred the case to Mumbai in August 2004.

A special court had on January 21, 2008, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 11 men in the case.

The convicted policemen and doctors are Narpat Singh, Idris Abdul Saiyed, Bikabhai Patel, Ramsingh Bhabhor, Sombhai Gori, Arun Kumar Prasad (doctor) and Sangeeta Kumar Prasad (doctor).
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