Who is Bilkis Bano

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Bilkis Bano: India Supreme Court cancels release of 2002 riots rapists

Eleven men freed early after being found guilty of gang raping a pregnant Muslim woman must be returned to prison, India's Supreme Court has said.

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Some men from a Hindu group were sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in the attack on Bilkis Bano and the murder of 14 of her family members. 

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These tragic events took place during anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state in 2002.

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The order, and the celebrations as they left prison, caused global outrage.

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The article contains details that some readers may find disturbing.

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The bench added that since the government's remission order had been nullified, the 11 convicts must return to prison within two weeks.

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In 2013, a Supreme Court panel ruled there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Modi, who became prime minister the following year. But critics have continued to blame him for the riots happening on his watch.

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