Bilkis Bano case: SC asks Gujarat govt to provide job

Bilkis Bano case: SC asks Gujarat govt to provide job

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New Delhi, Sep 30 : The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Gujarat government to provide Bilkis Bano, a 2002 riots gang-rape victim, with a job and Rs 50 lakh compensation within two weeks.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ordered the state government to arrange for an accommodation and a job in addition to Rs 50 lakhs compensation. The survivor, the court observed, had led a nomadic life after the incident which took place in Randhikpur village in Dahod district of Gujarat during the post-Godhra riots.

Bano Yakub Rasool was 19 years old and pregnant at the time of the incident. The woman, along with her husband Yakub and five children, had lived in over 20 different locations out of fear of retribution, her lawyer told the Bench.

The court had, in April, ordered a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the survivor which, despite the passage of five months was not implemented by the Gujarat government. Council of the state government, this morning, requested for a review of the April order. The Top court, however, asked the government to pay the compensation in two weeks. (UNI)