About hundred Christians from across the country assembled at Press Club Road and registered their protest seeking strict action against those who had murdered a Christian school girl. Agitated Christians from Lahore, Multan and Sialkot collectively raised their voice against the inaction of the authorities in this case. This protest was held on April 1, Saturday and was organized by British Pakistani Christian Association. Tania Maryam a Christian girl was heinously murdered after being raped on January 23, 2017.
Despite the evidence, police had later registered her murder as suicide. This protest was presided over by BPCA’s lead officer Mehwish Bhatti. The protestors were shouting slogans saying, “Justice for Tania,” as they were carrying placards with slogans demanding action against the perpetrators. Tania Maryam was found dead at Upper Chenab Canal, with sign of being sexually assaulted.
Yaqoob Masih who had come from Faisalabad offered prayer whichw as followed by the protesters singing psalm 20 and other hymns. After an hour’s worship, they started their protest. At this occasion, Tania’s family was also present. Chairman of Voice of Minorities Pakistan, Amir Bashir from Multan told the protesters that there is an urgent need to take measures so that similar incidents could be thwarted in future.
“The monster that killed Tania could and probably will strike again. Predators like him target vulnerable young girls. Christian girls are the most vulnerable because statutory agencies ignore their plight. However if he this killer saw an isolated Muslim or Hindu girl she would be targeted too. We must unite together as Pakistani’s to stop the rot that has beset our country.”
Akhtar Bhatti, Youth Coordinator of VOMP stated: “To date Convent of Jesus and Mary School has not released the video footage of the last moments of Tania’s life. The parents are extremely concerned about this as they believe it could lead to the capture of the murderer.
By thwarting justice the headship of the school are undermining the reputation of the school. We demand that they release the video evidence even if they find a staff member was involved in the school. It is the right thing to do and will help with police investigation.”