Christian to protest on 1st April in Sialkot to ensure justice for 12 years old murder victim
25 Mar 2017
London: March 25, 2017. (PCP) According to a press note issued by British Pakistani Christian Association BPCA head office in London protest have been announced on April 1, 2017, in front of Sialkot Press Club on failure of police to ensure justice in murder of 12 years old Christian student.
After a 12 year old child was found dead in a canal with strange froth in her mouth and trousers ripped in what looked like a rape, you would think local Police authorities would initiate a murder inquiry.
Well in Pakistan that is far from the norm especially if you are a Christian.
Tania Mariyam was just such a victim when on 23rd January 2013, she was found dead in the Upper Chenab Canal.
When Tania left home that morning her family never expected her to never return. They have been running a campaign with help of the BPCA to gain justice for their daughter. Through a hard advocacy and awareness campaign we forced police to open a murder investigation.
Sadly attempts to exhume the body of Tania had been thwarted through court negligence (click here). Though an autopsy was finally approved by legal order on 16th March, the family of Tania hold little hope that what remains of her body will reveal what toxins caused the frothing around her mouth. It is believed that the irregular frothing of the mouth is a sign of use of rape drugs.
As the family await the post-mortem report they have asked BPCA to initiate a united Pakistani Christian protest, and we hope Christians form across the nation will join us in support of justice for Tania. Moreover this girls was a daughter of Pakistan so any people from other faiths shocked by the police insouciance and ongoing court delays are welcome to join in solidarity.
Our main aim with this protest is to call for a judicial review of alleged willful police negligence and to demand the CCTV footage from the school of Tania Mariyam, which has never been released to her family. They believe that the murderer is visible within the footage.
Nadeem Gill Father of Tania Mariyam, said: "The police and courts of Pakistan have failed my beautiful daughter. Their delay may have destroyed any chance of proving she was poisoned.
"Despite several attempts to obtain the last video footage of Mariyam alive from the Convent of Jesus and Mary School,I still have not seen it. The footage shows Tania getting into a vehicle with a stranger and they are thwarting our family form identifying the murderer.
"I pray many of you will join us as my heart is full of sorrow and I cannot rest until the man who murdered my daughter is brought to justice. Please help me capture her killer if not he may kill and rape many other girls and other fathers will be in the same position as me."
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairmn of the BPCA, said: "Christians have to show more unity if we are to defeat the ongoing attempts to supress our community. When an injustice occurs we cave in and just accept persecution and discrimination as if it is something we deserve - but that is not true.
"By coming together behind the cause of Tania Mariyam we speak out for an innocent Christian girl, killed before she could reach her prime. A girl who was murdered for her beauty and vulnerability as a Christian.