Maya Kodnani was a
politician and close aide of
, found guilty in 2012
along with various other Sangh Parivar leaders
of orchestrating the killing of 97 people in the
Naroda Patiya massacre
. She was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
According to multiple witnesses, during the
Gujarat pogroms of 2002
, Kodnani moved around the city of Ahmedabad
distributing weapons and exhorting mobs to kill Muslims
. After the violence she rose to prominence in the
and in 2007 she was appointed as Minister for Women and Child Development in Modi's goverment, despite
evidence in the form of a Gujarat goverment affidavit
that the state government knew of her involvement in the massacre.
After her sentencing, VHP leader
"stood up for her religion... she is the daughter of 100 crore [1 billion] Hindus. We stand with her"
. In 2018,
Kodnani was acquitted by a Gujarat High Court
. The court claimed that the 11 witnesses who testified against Kodnani were "unreliable".
Gujarat pogroms 2002