PM Modi supports rapists: Rahul Gandhi over release of Bilkis Bano case convicts
New Delhi/IBNS: Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi indirectly over the premature release of the convicts in the Bilkis Bano rape case, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi Tuesday accused his arch-rival of supporting the "rapists".
Without referring to the Bilkis Bano case, Rahul tweeted, "He speaks about respect for women from the Red Fort but in reality, he is with the rapists.
"The difference in the Prime Minister's words and actions is clear. The PM has betrayed women."
लाल किले से महिला सम्मान की बात लेकिन असलियत में 'बलात्कारियों' का साथ।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 18, 2022
प्रधानमंत्री के वादे और इरादे में अंतर साफ है, PM ने महिलाओं के साथ सिर्फ छल किया है।
The Gujarat government Monday told the Supreme Court that it decided to release the convicts as they had completed 14 years in jail and "their behaviour was found to be good".
The government said this in an affidavit while replying to the petitions that have challenged the remission of the convicts.
In the affidavit, the Gujarat government has claimed the Centre had approved the release of 11 convicts.
Bilkis Bano has said she was not consulted or informed about the decision.
Bilkis Bano, who was five-month pregnant in 2002, was gang-raped while fleeing the violence which broke out during the Godhra train carnage.
Days after the release, the survivor had said the state government's order had shaken her belief in the justice system.