Lucknow- While the Supreme Court has restored hope for justice to Bilkis Bano in the case of her rape and the brutal murder of her family members, the accused are still at large and reportedly missing.
The Socialist Party of India organized a demonstration at Shahid Smarak in Lucknow to protest against several cases, claiming that the government is shielding the accused. Protesters raised slogans against the Modi government for protecting Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, accused in the sexual harassment of female wrestlers, and for not taking action against Ajay Mishra "Teni," the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. Teni is accused of using his influence to shield his son, Ashish Mishra, in the case of mowing down farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Social activist and general secretary of the party, Sandeep Pandey, who led the protest, told The Mooknayak, "The culprits in the case of the rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of her family were released by the BJP government. We are demanding that they be sent to jail. Although the Supreme Court has ordered their return to jail, they have been given a two-week timeframe. We want to know why they have been given so much time. Additionally, the Superintendent of Police of the Godhara district, to which the case belongs, has stated that he does not have the court's order. He fears that the accused may not be arrested until the Lok Sabha elections."
Pandey also demanded that the Supreme Court take similar action in the case of Brijbhushan Sharan Singh and arrest him to prevent him from influencing the complainants, citing an instance where a minor was coerced into withdrawing a complaint.
Protesters also called for action against Union Minister Ajay Mishra "Teni" and his son Ashish Mishra. Pandey stated that Ashish Mishra mowed down four farmers and one journalist, yet he is out on bail. He emphasized that many innocent people are languishing in jail on false charges under UAPA in the Delhi riots case, and they are not receiving bail. Meanwhile, Ashish Mishra is roaming freely. Protesters demand that he be sent back to jail and his father, Ajay Mishra "Teni," be removed from the ministry to ensure justice for the farmers of Lakhimpur Kheri and the journalist.
Recently, Pandey had returned his Magsaysay award and US degrees in protest against American support to Israel in its war against Palestine. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation of the United States sponsor the award.