One of the most high-profile cases that stirred the social media seems to have its final showdown – which to most of us, fortunately, came as a breath of fresh air. Though our rotting justice system has disappointed us quite a few times, today’s decision has elevated the hopes once again.
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 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 then, he was declared a free man.
Not only the ‘shocking’ LHC verdict was 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 came off demoralizing.
For ages, the crimes against women have gone unreported because of their reluctance to pursue cases formally as they lacked trust in the institutions.
But today marked new dawn as a three-member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa accepted the appeal of Khadija Siddiqui, overturned Shah Hussain’s acquittal and ordered his immediate arrest. After hearing from both sides, Supreme Court ruled in Khadija’s favour, declaring the LHC’s verdict null and void.
“Today is a victory for all women. Today for every woman, a precedent has been set that by raising your voice you will be victorious in the battle against the truth. The truth can never be hidden, it always comes to light. And today’s decision has proven that if you misuse your power, you will reap what you sow as has happened today.” – shared Khadija speaking to a local news source.
The social media community has also celebrated the verdict, calling it ‘hope’.
#KhadijaSiddiqui Allah ka shukkar. Salute to the determination of Khadija who has halted her studies abroad to fight the case here in Pakistan. Now we all await an exemplary punishment. pic.twitter.com/DLyWiLNXz6
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) January 23, 2019
Decision of session court has been upheld by the Supreme Court in Khadija Siddiqui case. Shah Hussain got 7 years punishment and arrested from the court room. Congratulations everyone!! #AuratMarch2019 #KhadijaSiddiqui #NeverthelessShePersisted
— Aurat March Lahore (@AuratMarch) January 23, 2019
— Adeel Ahsan🇵🇰 (@syedadeelahsan) January 23, 2019
— Taimur Malik (@taimur_malik) January 23, 2019
Finally, after a long battle, @khadeeeej751,a young girl who was stabbed 23 times by a class mate and son of a lawyer, got justice by the Supreme Court.
She battled for more than two and half years.
Congrats 2 the affected young Girl.#KhadijaSiddiqui pic.twitter.com/ASxQwCBwtG
— Mian Waleed (@waleedMianPTI) January 23, 2019
Despite using money & power to Win the case Shah Hussain couldn't succeed
Congratulations 2the girl who was stabbed 23times &Her lawyers for sticking it out ALONE against such a powerful adversary.Justice has indeed done 2day
what a brave fight #khadijasiddiqui #KhadijaTheFighter pic.twitter.com/zZpnsYxPfF
— Faisal (@FaisalViewss) January 23, 2019
— Fatima Tu Zara Butt (@Adv_FatimaZButt) January 23, 2019
— Aysha Raja (@aysharalam) January 23, 2019
Broken System: "Two hair [samples] were found in the car; were they sent for forensic testing?" the CJ asked. … while directions were given to send the hair for forensic testing, representatives of the lab, when asked, said that the samples never reached them." #KhadijaSiddiqui
— Osama Siddique (@DrOsamaSiddique) January 23, 2019
Wishing Khatija Siddiqui, the brave Lahore student stabbed 23 times for refusing to acknowledge a class fellow advances at Supreme court today. He hurt her 6 year old sister as well. She has been fighting for justice. #khadijasiddiqui pic.twitter.com/AdopYc2KmL
— Frieha Altaf (@FriehaAltaf) January 23, 2019
— محمد منیر طاہر (@LogicalArgument) January 23, 2019
#khadijasiddiqui fought too long
SHAH HUSSAIN convicted finally.
Bohat sarri Khadija abhi bhe insaf ki muntazir pic.twitter.com/LqVAs5vEcd
— #Hira (@NisaTalks) January 23, 2019
Was LHC asked why this man was acquitted after he was given 7 years reduced to 5 years punishment.
Will the S.C. take action against that judge who issued this judgment.
— Maverick 🇵🇰 (@Martial_Blood) January 23, 2019
Finally, a precedent has been set that if you do something wrong, you will eventually be caught, and if you stood with the right side, you will always be victorious. Glad that women of my society are getting justice! #KhadijaSiddiqui
— Fahad Malik (@Fahad4014) January 23, 2019
Tribute #KhadijaSiddiqui Case also shew nicety it's judicial victory..prove women rights.justice finally servred. Tradition must enhance the democratic and state power also. pic.twitter.com/LiVxXpitVJ
— Mian khawar hussain (@iamkhawarhucain) January 23, 2019
I rmmr when she came to LUMS last year and had the courage to speak of the horror she went thru. Not just at the hands of the filth Shah Hussain but also in court at the hands of our justice system when her attacker walked free. Today, i hope #KhadijaSiddiqui can smile a little. pic.twitter.com/s3obznNZoN
— n (@NajibShaikhs) January 23, 2019
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