The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of Khadija Siddiqi case. The case will be heard in Supreme Court Lahore Registry on 10th June, 2018.
Shah Hussain, the man who mercilessly stabbed Khadija Sidiqqi 23 times, was acquitted by the Lahore High Court earlier on 4th June, 2018. The verdict caused a social uproar and only minutes after the decision came out, the tag #JusticeForKhadija set fire to Twitter. More than 50 000 people had tweeted under the tag #JusticeForKhadija asking the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the controversial case.
Khadija Siddiqi was stabbed 23 times on May 3, 2016 for no reason whatsoever
On May 3, 2016, Khadija Siddiqi, a final year law student, was stabbed 23 times by her former classmate Shah Hussain.
Khadija Siddiqi parked her car just outside the Ambassador Hotel on Davis Road, Lahore, and walked towards her old alma mater Convent of Jesus and Mary. She was there to pick up her sister.
At around 2 PM, while Khadija saw her little sister get in the back seat of the car, with one step inside the car, she was stabbed with a knife. And as she screamed, shocked and in indescribable pain, unable to make sense of what had happened, she was stabbed again. And again. And again. In her neck, on her back, on her arm. She was stabbed 23 times in a matter of seconds. She was 21 years old.
Khadija’s 6-year-old sister, who witnessed the entire incident, helplessly shouted in despair, but failed to save her and in the attempt to do so, got stabbed on her back. It was sheer inhumanity.
To Shah Hussain’s shock, Khadija survived.
Shah Hussain was previously sentenced to seven years in prison by a Session Court in 2017
A year after the incident, Shah Hussain was sentenced to seven years in prison, the minimum punishment in the case of an attempted murder.
Shah Hussain was imprisoned in the Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore.
Hussain’s father, who was equally involved in the case, along with his bunch of lawyers left no stone untouched and were finally able to tilt the scales of justice in Shah Hussain’s favor. An appeal was submitted from Shah Hussain’s side, which was followed by an appeal submitted from Khadija Siddiqi’s side, and were being heard at the Lahore High Court as of June 3, 2018.
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It should be noted that a session court had already reduced Shah Hussain’s minimum sentence to five years from seven years.
The Butcher of Davis Road Shah Hussain declared “a free man” after serving only one year in prison
On 4 June, 2018, the Lahore High Court acquitted Shah Hussain after serving only a year in prison.
The man, who should have been booked for attempted murder was declared “a free man” and went home the same day.
Social media speaks in favor of Khadija Siddiqi, calls to arrest the Butcher of Davis Road Shah Hussain
Only minutes after the Lahore Court acquitted Shah Hussain, a trend #JusticeForKhadija came to life. #JusticeForKhadija became the top trend in Pakistan in a number of minutes.
Khadija Siddiqi tweets:
Inna lilahi wa ina ilahi rajioon!
Justice butchered. Shah hussain acquitted!
— khadija siddiqi (@khadeeeej751) June 4, 2018
Pakistani Civil Liberty activist Muhammad Jibran Nasir questions the justice system of the land:
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
Dawn News Writer Roha Nadeem tweets:
How many Shah Hussains and Shahrukh Jatois will it take for the powerless to get justice in this country? Ashamed. #KhadijaSiddiqi
— Roha Nadeem (@RohaNadym) June 4, 2018