LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has accepted the acquittal plea of convict Shah Hussain, who had been sentenced for attacking his fellow Khadija Siddique, Newsone reported.
In July 2017, Shah Hussain was found guilty of stabbing Khadija at least 23 times on Lahore’s Davis Road and was sentenced to five years in prison by a trial court.
Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem accepted the acquittal appeal of Hussain after hearing arguments from the lawyers of the defence and prosecution. The judgment was announced through a short order.
Khadija took to twitter and announced the acquittal of Shah Hussain.
Inna lilahi wa ina ilahi rajioon!
Justice butchered. Shah hussain acquitted!
— khadija siddiqi (@khadeeeej751) June 4, 2018
Social activist, lawyers and others have shown their reaction on twiiter in support of Khadija Sidique. Justice for Khadija has also become top trend on twiiter hours after the verdict announced by LHC.
It was always a fight between the son of a lawyer who stabbed khadija 23 times vs all the victims who fail to get justice.
Today lahore high court decision proved that only might shall win. Short order of acquittal given today has left me shock. How can the system be so ruthless
— Hassaan Niazi (@HniaziISF) June 4, 2018
Justice is a fallacy if you’re a woman in Pakistan. Khadija Siddiqi stabbed 23 times by her class fellow Shah Husain, survived, pursued her case amid threats, two years on, the criminal is acquitted. There is NO #JusticeForKhadija. pic.twitter.com/uERshLVfZW
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) 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
On May 3, 2016, Khadija went to Davis Road to pick up her sister from school. When the two were about to get into the car, the convict attacked her. The victim said her younger sister was also injured. As the attacker tried to flee, she grabbed him and his helmet fell off. This helped her establish that Shah Hussain was indeed the assailant.