Bilkis Bano’s Statement: “Give Me Back My Right to Live Without Fear”

By Team Mojo, 18 Aug 2022

As 11 men, including those convicted of gang-raping her and murdering 14 members of her family, walked free.

Two days ago, on August 15, 2022, the trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again. When I heard that the 11 convicted men who devastated my family and my life and took from me my 3-year-old daughter had walked free. I was bereft of words. I am still numb.

Today, I can say only this – how can justice for any woman end like this? I trusted the highest courts in our land. I trusted the system, and I was learning slowly to live with my trauma. The release of these convicts has taken from me my peace and shaken my faith in justice. My sorrow and my wavering faith are not for myself alone but for every woman who is struggling for justice in the courts.

No one enquired about my safety and well-being before taking such a big and unjust decision.

I appeal to the Gujarat Government please undo this harm. Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace. Please ensure that my family and I are kept safe.