Man Sentenced for Stabbing Khadija Siddiqui Acquitted by Lahore High Court 0 381

Khadija Siddiqui

On May 3rd, 2016, Khadija Siddiqui was attacked by Shah Hussain, near Shimla Hill, where she had gone to pick up her younger sister. Shah came on a motorbike and stabbed her 23 times, leaving her alive but critically injured. Khadija fought the wounds and then fought her case, only to learn that the man who tried to kill her was acquitted of all charges yesterday, by the Lahore High Court.

Earlier, in June of last year, Shah had been sentenced to seven years in prison on grounds of attempted murder. After that ruling, a series of hearings led to a reduced imprisonment of five years. Shah, son of a senior lawyer, challenged the conviction and got acquitted yesterday.

People all over Pakistan are outraged by this ruling of the court, and many celebrities have taken to social media to express their disappointment and anger.

Mahira Khan, the actress who led the Shoaib Mansoor movie Verna, shared a tweet shutting down the people who use their power to get whatever they want.

Hamza Ali Abbasi, known for speaking about everything and anything under the sun, expressed his disgust against the LHC’s ruling.

Armeena Khan hits the emotional chord in her tweet when she makes us realize that it is a miracle that Khadija Siddiqui is still alive, let alone fighting this case against the man who wronged her.

Ali Gul Pir takes a hit on the Pakistani judicial system with this tweet.

Osman Khalid Butt reminds us that this case was as clear as the day – what with witnesses and evidence and all.

Mawra Hocane uses Twitter to convery her message to the judge who passed the ruling of acquittal – we will not back down!

While the entire country has geared up against the LHC’s ruling to acquit Shah, some legal action is still being awaited.

A man stabs a woman 23 times, and walks free at the end of the day? How many more Khadijas will we have to put through pain to realize that power cannot trump justice? A lot of women go through similar trauma or abuse or violence daily, but they are either too scared to speak up, or they know that they will not be served justice even if they do put their name and their family’s name at stake to go to court. And if this is not the beginning of failure on the part of our judicial system, then I don’t know what is.

Please share this story as much as you can. We, on the social media, have a responsibility to spread awareness and generate public opinion to fuel change. Use hashtag #JusticeforKhadija and share related stories as much as you can.

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Zainab Alam
Zainab is a Political Science grad from Karachi, now living in Lahore. She is the funniest person ever and enjoys talking in the third person.

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