Malala’s Attackers Walk Free

by Alice Lawton

It was revealed recently that eight out of the ten men arrested for the shooting of Malala Yousafzai were acquitted of the charge, according to Takepart. Yousafzai was shot in 2012, on a bus traveling home from school. The Pakistani Taliban targeted Yousafzai because of her outspoken stance that girls should be allowed to attend school. 

In April it was reported that the ten suspects had all confessed to and been sentenced for their crime. They were to serve a life sentence, which in Pakistan is 25 years. However, the court’s written judgment revealed that eight of the men were acquitted because of a lack of evidence. 

Many are questioning the ability of the Pakistani judiciary. The trial was held in secret and  few details were released by authorities about what happened. The Pakistani judiciary has previously faced a lot of criticism for what people see as a failure to properly investigate and prosecute terrorists. 

The attack has not stopped Yousafzai. She continues to advocate for all children’s education and protest the Taliban in Pakistan, winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her work. Most recently, Yousafzai called out Myanmar for their persecution of the Rohingya Muslims, saying they “deserve citizenship in the country where they were born and have lived for generations.”


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