The Lahore High Court today acquitted Shah Hussain, the man who had been charged for stabbing Khadija Siddiqui at least 23 times in July 2017. The attack had taken place at Davis Road, Lahore.
The lower court had earlier sentenced Hussain to five years in prison. Many at the time had found the judgement lenient for a crime so heinous.
However, after today’s acquittal, Pakistanis are in a state of shocked rage.
Within hours of the judgement, #JusticeForKhadija stood as the top Twitter trend in the country.
Shah Hussain might have garnered respite, however furious Twitterati want his face to become an emblem of all that is evil.
— AK-47™© (@AK_Forty7) June 4, 2018
Many had believed that the presence of DNA ensured a fool proof case against Shah Hussain and in favour of Khadija Siddiqui. Today’s judgment was then a rude shock.
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
Needless to say, the criticism on the justice system is scathing!
Eating publicly in Ramadan can get you three months in jail but stabbing someone 23 times and you'll walk free. #JusticeForKhadija
— Anas. (@teepusahab) June 4, 2018
THIS was Khadija’s state at the time Shah Hussain stabbed her 23 times. But our judiciary thinks it is nothing. Salam hai aap logo ko!
— soha (@SohaTazz) June 4, 2018
The stabbing of Khadija Siddiqui was, among other things also a clear form of gender based violence. Societal power dynamics had automatically placed Khadija at a disadvantage, simply because she is a woman.
I honestly want to cry. There is absolutely no hope for you if you are a woman in this country. #JusticeForKhadija
— Aimun (@bluemagicboxes) June 4, 2018
As heart-breaking as today’s judgment by Lahore High Court has been, Khadija is in no mood to give-up.
Khadija right now. All pumped to fight the next battle. Supreme Court we are coming.
— Hassaan Niazi (@HniaziISF) June 4, 2018