BJP MP, MLA share stage with Bilkis Bano’s rapist

New Delhi, March 27 (KMS): One of the 11 men, who gangraped Bilkis Bano during the 2002 Gujarat violence and were released prematurely, was seen sharing stage with a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and an MLA at a government programme in Gujarat, yesterday.

The release of the men has been challenged in the Indian Supreme Court.

The group water supply scheme event took place in Karmadi Village of Dahod district on March 25. Videos and photos from the spot showed Shailesh Chimanlal Butt on stage with Dahod MP Jasvant Sinh Bhabhor and his brother, Limkheda MLA Sailesh Bhabhor. He was seen posing with them for photos at the event and even participating in the puja.

The 11 convicts were released last year, triggering a flood of outrage across the country. They were sentenced to life term in 2008 for gangraping Bilkis Bano and killing seven members of her family. Her three-year-old daughter was among those killed.

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