Justice Asif Saeed Khosa’s landmark case hearing gives me hope.
For years, Pakistan has grappled with the issue of acid attacks. Usually, the crime is committed against women in familial disputes which makes these cases even trickier than a normal case since oftentimes the perpetrator of the attack is a relative.
A lot of times cases like these don’t even make it to court since they are allegedly resolved at home or the women are discouraged and have no support to report it to the authorities.
And even if the case makes it to court, a lot of times under pressure or just because of their relationship with the perpetrator, women end up forgiving their attacker which lets them off the hook without any consequences for their actions.
In a recent case that Justice Asif Saeed Khosa was presiding over, the attacker put forward a plea for acquittal on the basis of the fact that the victim had forgiven him. But Justice Asif Saeed Khosa did not accept that line of argument.
In a landmark decision which will hopefully set a precedent for future such cases, he stated, “Acid attack offenders do not deserve any clemency.” He went on to say that an acid attack was a crime worse than murder.
This decision will hopefully serve as a bigger deterrent of acid attacks in Pakistan once offenders find out that there is no way they can get off the hook. And people are thanking Justice Asif Saeed Khosa for his amazing decision.
"The affected woman may forgive the convict,but the law cannot forgive an acid attack suspect. Burning someone with acid is a bigger crime than murder."
said Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
Thank you CJ.
— The Gkmcite (@thegkmcite) July 12, 2019
In a landmark judgement, CJ Asif Saeed Khosa rejected the plea of an acid attacker, saying he deserved no mercy despite the victim had forgiven him for the acid attack. Respect Khosa Sahab ❤️
— Saad Sattar Khan (@SaadSattarKhan) July 11, 2019
"The affected woman may forgive [the convict], but the law cannot forgive an acid attack suspect. Burning someone with acid is a bigger crime than murder." said Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
What a landmark decision that is. Hats off 👏👏👏https://t.co/UXjMqOe0lS
— Fahad Ali (@fahadmehtabali) July 11, 2019
It is refreshing to see a judge take such a strong stance against a crime which is so prevalent in our society because of how easily it was to get out being convicted for it. What do you think about Justice Asif Saeed Khosa’s decision? Let us know in the comments below.
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