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On the Sentencing of the Naroda Patiya Convicts
The sentencing of BJP MLA Maya Kodnani, Babubhai Bajrangi and 30 others to life imprisonment, must be seen as a step in the right direction!
Special Court Judge Jyotsana Yagnik would surely have taken into account the heinous acts committed by each of the convicted during the gruesome massacre at Naroda Patiya in February 2002, whilst awarding a different quantum to each one.
The conviction and sentencing of these 32 persons must now come as a severe warning to several more high profile politicians and others, who still stand accused in the Courts of Law on various charges committed during those bloody days of 2002, in Gujarat.
The sentencing will also come as a small measure of relief for the victim-survivors, many of whom have lost more than one family member. It will be an added impetus for many who would like the complete truth of the Gujarat Genocide to emerge as soon as possible. Hopefully, the process of justice will move faster now and that peace will reign for all, one day!
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
31st August, 2012