Bilkis Bano Case: Releasing convicts was government’s decision, says advocate

Debjit Mukherjee: Justice Mridula Bhatkar, who had upheld the conviction of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, urged people not to blame the judiciary for the release of the convicts, saying it was the government’s decision.

In fact, the judicial officers who have been connected with the Bilkis Bano case at various stages have said that the decision to give remission to the accused was a decision taken by the government and the judiciary cannot be blamed for it.

Refraining to comment on the current scenario, Justice Bhatkar said, “I don’t understand why people are protesting against the judiciary. Rather, the judiciary has tried its best to protect the rights of the people. We feel bad when we are criticised and we cannot defend ourselves.”