SC orders Gujarat govt to pay Bilkis Bano Rs 50 lakh in 2 weeks

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New Delhi, Sep 30: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Gujarat government to pay compensation and provide job to Bilkis Bano within two weeks.

In April this year, the Court had awarded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to Bilkis Bano, who was gangraped in Randhikpur village in Dahod district of Gujarat during the post-Godhra riots.

The bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi directed Gujarat government to also provide Bano a job and accommodation in the timeframe.

Appearing for Gujarat government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought a review of its April order.

The court had also directed the Gujarat Government to provide her a government job and accommodation as per rules.

Bilkis Yakub Rasool was 19-year-old and pregnant when she was gangraped during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The court added: “Not only was she raped 22 times, her daughter aged 3.2 years was smashed to death. Ever since the appellant has been living a nomadic life and surviving at the charity of NGOs. The appellant is now 40 years old and not very well educated. She has lost her entire family.”

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