Activists protest Bilkis Bano rape convicts release. - Foto via varthabharati.in

DEFENCE lawyer Rishi Malhotra, a lawyer for 11 men convicted of gang-rape and murder during the 2002 Gujarat riots in India, who were controversially released from prison last month, has denied a report that the men have gone missing.

Rishi Malhotra stressed convicts were ‘very much there [at their homes]’, a comment made after media reports.

On the street activists shout clear slogans and hold placards during a protest against the release of the 11 convicts, following a recommendation by a Gujarat’s state government panel, reported by Independent UK.

These men were found guilty of raping Bilkis Bano, who was 19 years old and pregnant at the time of the anti-Muslim riots that left more than 1,000 people dead.

Bilkis Bano survived the attack by a Hindu mob but 14 members of her family were killed.

According to reports, last month, having served 14 years of a life sentence, the men walked free from prison to a heroes’ welcome from relatives and supporters.

Journalists reported that there was no sign of them. — BebasNews

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