Devastated is not enough to describe how I feel about Khadija Siddiqui’s case, the young aspiring lawyer that was stabbed 23 times. Many people have asked me why I repeatedly cover her story, as a female lawyer I believe we should stand up not just for Khadija but any injustice that we perceive, I am grateful to MediaBites for providing me a platform to get my message across.
Khadija is a role model to young women, she stood up to her attacker and kudos to her parents that stood by her in this time, mostly Pakistani parents shun their daughters and do not let them have a voice. Now lets go through Khadijas recent ordeal in Court.
“Today #Khadija case trial couldnt proceed despite CJ’s orders due to “Wukla Gardi”. See complete thread for what happened in Court today…
First accused’s lawyer came in a huge group, screaming and shouting at the Judge, creating a ruckus trying to intimidate the Judge..
Secondly the accused’s lawyers asked Judge to stay the trial as they have filed writ against CJ order for day to day hearing of this case
Thirdly, accused’s lawyers objected to Prosecution’s decision to examine Police Witnesses first & demanded Khadija should be examined first
Fourthly, after failing to make any strong arguments accused lawyer’s made silly excuse of not having complete copy of case file
Even Judge was surprised as case has been going for a year with accused lawyers appearing in it & now making excuse of not having case file
Finally to hide their shame and unethical practice accused’s lawyers asked Court to forbid Khadija’s side from discussing case in media
The Judge didnt entertain any of the arguments of the accused’s lawyers but due to wastage of 3 hours adjourned the hearing for tomorrow
Ironically after the hearing accused’s lawyers had the audacity to hurt all sort of allegations on Khadija before the media outside Court
With these silly arguments & unethical behaviour accused’s lawyer wasted nearly 3 hours of the court’s time not allowing matter to proceed”
tweeted by Jibran Nasir a Lawyer in a series of Tweets.
For someone to have to go through so many hurdles for the sake of justice and that too at the hands of the law enforcers is a pity, stand up for Khadija, do not let the hooligans take advantage of their power!
Ayesha is a Law Student based in Lahore
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