India: Shocking gang-rape woman – ‘I collapsed after my attackers were released’

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A woman cannot hide her rage – gang rape victim from India who learned that the 11 men who attacked her had been released after 14 years of serving life sentences. “I collapsedhe characteristically said.

Bilquis Bannon who is Muslim and was pregnant when the men attacked her was the victim of a gang rape during the 2002 inter-communal clashes in the western state of Gujarat.

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Seven members of her family, including her three-year-old daughter, were murdered by a group of Hindus also in 2002.

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In a statement released Wednesday (8/17) by her lawyer, Bannon said she was “speechless.” “I still feel that I am paralyzed,” he added, as reported by the Athens News Agency.

“Their release deprived me of peace and destroyed my faith in justice”

“I trusted the high institutions of our country. I trusted the system and slowly learned to live with my trauma”explained.

“The release of these convicts deprived me of peace and destroyed my faith in justice. My suffering and shaken faith affects not only me but every woman who fights for justice in the courts,” she added.

Today, Thursday (18/8), a small demonstration against the release of these men was organized in New Delhi.

According to an official count, about 1,000 people – mostly Muslims – were shot, beaten or burned during the 2002 riots, which erupted after 59 Hindu pilgrims died in a train fire blamed on wrongly to Muslims.

India’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi, then chief minister of his home state of Gujarat, is accused of failing to act to prevent the riots.

Authorities in the state, which is still ruled by Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP party, chose to coincide the announcement of the men’s release with celebrations for the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

“The release of the 11 convicts was decided after taking into account various factors, such as the length of a life sentence in India, which is generally 14 years or more, the age, the behavior of the individuals, etc.,” state official Raj Kumar said, as wrote the Hindustan Times newspaper.

India has 1.4 billion inhabitants, 80% of whom are Hindus and about 200 million Muslims.

Source: News Beast

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