As the eleven rapists of Bilkis Bano were released by the Gujarat government recently, mother of Nirbhaya – the 2012 Delhi gangrape victim – has expressed anger.

Speaking in a television debate show in India Today channel, Asha Devi – mother of Nirbhaya – said: “Blood boils when I see rapists being accorded warm welcome.”

Asha Devi – mother of Nirbhaya – also criticised those who welcomed the rapists of Bilkis Bano with garlands and sweets.

“Everything that has been happening is absolutely wrong and shameful,” Asha Devi said.

She added: “Such attitudes of some people towards rapists is the reason women are being raped.”

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On August 15, the Gujarat government remitted the sentence of the 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, just hours after PM Narendra Modi spoke about women empowerment in his Independence Day speech on Monday.

The eleven released persons were convicted in the gang-rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of seven members of her family, including her 3-year-old daughter, during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

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