Monday: Lahore High Court acquitted a man convicted earlier for trying to kill his fellow student in a merciless knife attack.
One of the most high-profile cases that stirred the social media seem to have its final showdown – which to most of us, unfortunately, is not surprising. Though disappointed, our rotting justice system has come to a level where verdicts like these are often already expected.
In 2016, Khadija petitioned the court that her class fellow, Hussain, stabbed her 23 times on Davis Road, Lahore while she waited there to pick her younger sister. The attack was an after-math after she turned down his proposal.
Lahore High Court yesterday acquitted the accused butcher Hussain, which lead to a social-media outcry. The courts initially sentenced Shah Hussain to a 7 years in prison, that was later reduced to 5 years and now, he roams as a free man!
Not only the ‘shocking’ verdict is discouraging for a majority of the people who, after a long time, started to develop faith in the courts but also this gender-biased approach towards justice is demoralizing.
For ages, the crimes against women have gone unreported because of their reluctance to pursue cases formally as they lacked the trust in the institutions.
Unfortunately now when the brave Khadija, fighting against all odds, took a stand for her right to justice – she was turned down as well.
Following the verdict, #justiceforkhadija remained the top trend on Twitter. News outlets, journalists, human rights activities, celebrities and politicians took to social media voicing their concerns and demanding justice for Khadija. Here is what prominent personalities and notables had to say about it:
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) June 5, 2018
When this horrific crime occurred Khadija was apprehensive that justice was not going to be served, she was stabbed over 20 times and today her attacker has been acquitted!! Justice has failed her and we need to speak up ! #JusticeforKhadija https://t.co/IVLdVsSPmQ
— Aseefa B Zardari (@AseefaBZ) June 4, 2018
The judiciary scrutinizing every nook & cranny of society to fix its ills is most welcome , i hope , pray & request that the judicial system which is badly in need of revamp also gets some attention from the judiciary. Proud of the work you are doing @HniaziISF #WeareWithKhadija https://t.co/DAjgQT6NuU
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) June 5, 2018
Khadija right now. All pumped to fight the next battle. Supreme Court we are coming.
— Hassaan Niazi (@HniaziISF) June 4, 2018
We have to protect the daughters of Pakistan and make sure justice is served, so that women are not left vulnerable in the hands of maniac criminals who easily get acquitted ridiculing the law of land.#JusticeForKhadija pic.twitter.com/kh6xxlOTwq
— Naz Baloch (@NazBaloch_) June 4, 2018
Stabbed TWENTY THREE times, let’s put that into perspective – Imagine the pain from a paper cut or when you stub your toe. I can’t even imagine the pain. Khadija is a walking miracle. These things leave marks deeper than what is visible to the eye. #Justiceforkhadija
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) June 4, 2018
And if it is the game of power, then so be it. Because there is nothing more powerful than when people come together united for a cause against those in power. We are with you @khadeeeej751 #justiceforkhadija
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 4, 2018
WHAT THE HELL? I am hearing that attacker of #KhadijaSiddiqi who stabbed her 24 times has been acquitted by Lahore High Court???? If this is true, then we must all unite & be Khadija's voice & leave no stone unturned to get her justice against this barbarian! #WeAreWithKhadija pic.twitter.com/BimkvEK8Z5
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) June 4, 2018
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) June 4, 2018
A seven-year sentence for attempted murder – reduced to five years – reduced to nothing. This is how we value a woman seeking justice with proof (multiple eye-witnesses, DNA match) – the message is loud and clear. She is reduced to nothing. #JusticeForKhadija
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) June 4, 2018
Justice is a fallacy if you're a woman in Pakistan. Khadija Siddiqi stabbed 23 times by her class fellow Shah Husain, survived, pursued her case amid threats, two years on, the criminal is acquitted. There is NO #JusticeForKhadija. pic.twitter.com/uERshLVfZW
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) June 4, 2018
We, through our platform, to unanimously stand by Khadija through this. A woman, despite threats and pressure, was brave enough to pursue her case. We must support her in our capacities and not let her efforts die.
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