Petition to British Council to ensure Khadija's protection against alleged attacker

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Khadija Siddiqi was allegedly stabbed 23 times by a man, son of a lawyer, last year, in Lahore, Pakistan. She now has to appear in external examinations of the University of London alongside him, at Royal Palm.

Khadija Siddiqui, 21, a student of a private law college, had gone to pick up her younger sister when the attack took place. The man, who, evidence suggests is Khadija's class mate at her college, approached her on the street, wearing a helmet and stabbed her repeatedly in broad daylight.

The courts have been reluctant to rule in favor of Khadija, presumably due to the influence of the man's father over the courts. The Sessions Court and High Court cancelled pre arrest bail twice, however, the same presiding judge granted him post arrest bail after hardly two months of imprisonment, rejecting Khadija's appeal of wrongful post-arrest bail and have further delayed the case for an additional four months, despite evidence to prove Khadija's claim.

The fact that someone accused of such a horrendous crime is able to walk free, while his victim continues to live with the trauma of the event, and now has to appear in the examinations, knowing that her alleged perpetrator is present in the same room, without consequence, is unacceptable.

We, as fellow students, who also have to take the exam, feel threatened and unprotected and fear for Khadija's safety, as well as our own.

We would like to request the British Council or University of London to ensure the safety of its students by barring a man from taking his Bachelor of Laws exams in the same vicinity as his victim, and do whatever is necessary to protect Khadija and all other students during the examinations, so long as the case remains open.

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