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.
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
Hamza Ali Abbasi, known for speaking about everything and anything under the sun, expressed his disgust against the LHC’s ruling.
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
Shah Hussain, who was found guilty last year of brutally stabbing @khadeeeej751 23 times, has just been acquitted by the Lahore High Court. Shameful day for Pakistan. Please support her and her lawyer @HniaziISF as they continue this fight.#WeareWithKhadija #JusticeForKhadija pic.twitter.com/4ubzCgz3Py
— Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) June 4, 2018
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.
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
Ali Gul Pir takes a hit on the Pakistani judicial system with this tweet.
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) June 4, 2018
Osman Khalid Butt reminds us that this case was as clear as the day – what with witnesses and evidence and all.
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
Mawra Hocane uses Twitter to convery her message to the judge who passed the ruling of acquittal – we will not back down!
I want to remind Justice Ahmed Naeem that this is not 2005 & we will not let the culprit of such a heinous crime get away with it. We demand justice for khadija & many more who suffer & the perpetrators are acquitted !!! #KhadijaSiddiqiCase #westandwithKhadija
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) June 4, 2018
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.
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