The justice system in Pakistan works in strange ways. You can get arrested and jailed for three months for eating in public during Ramzan. On the other hand, one can get away with brutally stabbing someone in broad daylight – not just once but 23 times.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) recently acquitted Shah Hussain accused in the stabbing of a 24-year-old law student Khadija Siddiqui. The judicial magistrate, previously, sentenced Shah Hussain to 7 years in jail last year after finding him guilty of the stabbing. Shah Hussain went to a sessions court against the decision which reduced his sentencing to 5 years.
The accused, or should we say the culprit, then filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court against the sentencing. The LHC, after hearing the arguments from both sides, acquitted the accused of all charges.
The messages in support of Khadija Siddiqui started pouring in right after the court’s decision. Many celebrities came forward as well following the #JusticeForKhadija trend on Twitter.
Let’s take a look at how the social media reacted to Shah Hussain’s acquittal.
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
Khadija’s lawyer also had a message for the public.
Khadija right now. All pumped to fight the next battle. Supreme Court we are coming.
— Hassaan Niazi (@HniaziISF) June 4, 2018
Attacker of #KhadijaSiddiqi who stabbed her 24 times has been acquitted by Lahore High Court. Is this what our justice system has come down to. First under CJP Nisar's general order security was withdrawn from @khadeeeej751 and now her attacker has been set free. Shame pic.twitter.com/L4lAzlVacz
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) 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
Shah Hussain who should have been booked for attempted murder and serve a life sentence is out in less than a year.
Today, a huge, huge injustice has been done to 23-year-old Khadija Siddiqi, and there must be united condemnation of that from media and people.
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) June 4, 2018
The DNA report in the stabbing case of Khadija Siddiqui was states that the blood found on the helmet of Shah Hussain belongs to the victim. Hair samples also found in the helmet belong to the accused. https://t.co/0JxLN3DVmW #WeAreWithKhadija #JusticeForKhadija
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) June 4, 2018
High court decision in #KhadijaSiddiqi Case is ridiculous. It’s outright biased/unfair verdict. Is stabbing someone 23 times not enough to amount for a punishment or is it power over justice ? #KhadijaSiddiqiCase #westandwithKhadija
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) 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
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
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
Khadija Siddiqui was attacked by her class fellow Shah Hussain, on May 3, 2016, near Shimla Hill. She had gone to pick up her younger sister from school. The accused came on a bike, wearing a helmet, and left Khadija critically injured after stabbing her 23 times.