New Delhi: The Supreme Tuesday directed the Gujarat government to give Rs 50 lakh compensation, job and accommodation to Bilkis Bano who was gang raped during the 2002 riots in the state, within two weeks. Also Read - 2002 Godhra Riots: Nanavati-Mehta Commission Gives Clean Chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The then 19-year-old Bano, was escaping a violence in a truck along with her family when they were stopped and attacked. Bano, who was five months pregnant that time was gangraped, while her 14 family members including her 2-year-old daughter were killed. Also Read - Bilkis Bano Case: Give Accommodation, Pay Compensation of Rs 50 Lakh to 2002 Riots Victim Within 2 Weeks, SC Directs Gujarat Govt
The Gujarat government today informed a bench headed by Chief Justice Rajan Gogoi that action has been taken against the erring police officials in the case. Also Read - Man dies after suffering epilepsy attack inside public toilet
In addition, the state’s counsel also informed the bench that pension benefits of the erring officials have been stopped and the IPS officer who was convicted by the Bombay High Court in the case has been demoted by two ranks.
Earlier, Bano had refused to accept the offer of Rs 5 lakh by the Gujarat government and had sought exemplary compensation from the state government in a plea before the top court.
The High Court had on May 4, 2017 convicted seven people — five policemen and two doctors — under sections 218 (not performing their duties) and section 201 (tampering of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
On January 21, 2008, a special court convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 11 men for raping Bano and murdering seven of her family members in the aftermath of the Godhra riots.