The recent verdict of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s ‘attempted murder’ case was something that completely shattered me. Right when I think that everything fails to surprise me, there is yet another atrocity that occurs. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani woman charged for a crime ‘committed’ in Afghanistan and was tried in a New York court by an American jury. The history of her case is quite disturbing and it is evident that Aafia was raped, tortured, confined in secret prisons, and her two of her children who were in U.S. custody are missing till this day. This injustice is clear not only to Muslims, but all those around the world. She is respected by many for all of the injustices she has suffered. Above all, the evidence in the case is purely circumstantial and she was convicted on the basis of the judgment of New York Jury members. This isn’t to discount the intelligence or sensibility of New Yorkers, but does it not seem tactical for the American government to try her in the state where there is a clear overarching concept of Islamophobia and hate due to the history of events that occurred.
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s case is one of many such cases. We must take a stand and stop pointing fingers or depending on one another to do the work. A little bit of effort from everyone can cause a collective change. Awareness campaigns, rallies/protests or writing to local or federal members of parliament expressing concern are some of the many avenues of change we can start on. We are empowered but may fail to realize our potential as a collective whole. Again, the people united are the people undefeated.