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Fight for justice gets longer for family of Bilkis Bano | Vadodara News

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VADODARA: The fight for justice only seems to get longer for Bilkis Bano and her family, who are struggling to find out how the 11 people convicted of a heinous crime of rape and murder were freed from the jail.
Speaking to TOI, Bilkis’ husband Yakub Patel said he was 22 or 23 years when the crime was perpetrated and Bilkis was around 20 years. “We spent half our lives to get justice. It seems our struggle is only getting longer,” said Patel.
Patel recalled the day when he broke the news of the release of 11 convicts to Bilkis. “She was shocked and asked me how could it have happened? She broke down and wondered why the family had not received any communication regarding this,” said Patel.
He said after 2002 incident, Bilkis was afraid of going in public. “She was concerned about the societal consequences,” Patel said.
Patel said that they had been concentrating on the education of their children. The couple has four daughters and a son. While the eldest daughter is pursuing higher education, the other four children are in school.
“We were stitching together our lives again, but things were thrown out of gear again due to the release of the convicts. Today, we are living in a lot of fear again. We feel threatened,” said Patel.
He said that children knew about what had transpired as orders of various courts as well as other developments including the recent release of convicts happened when they had grown up. “We try to keep them away from all this as far as possible so that they can study and settle down,” said Patel.





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