Housemaid’s mystery death: Protesters bring chaos to Ferozepur Road
LAHORE: Around 100 residents of Liaquatabad staged a protest on Ferozepur Road near chief minister’s H-Block residence on Wednesday, a day after an 18-year-old housemaid died at her employer’s house in mysterious circumstances.
The family of Tania, who worked as a domestic help at the house of a businessman in Model Town F-Block, alleged that the girl was sexually assaulted before being killed. Her employers, however, claimed the girl killed herself after a row with her mother.
Tania, daughter of Muhammad Waris of Sargodha’s Chak Shomali, was working at the house of Asif. She was found hanging with a ceiling fan in her room on Tuesday night.
Asif’s family informed the police who discovered the body and shifted it to a morgue.
A police official said the Model Town SHO broke open the door locked from inside and found the girl hanging by a rope, dead.
Tania’s mother, who came to see her on Tuesday, received a call from Asif’s family conveying the news of Tania’s death.
The police said the girl’s mother admitted that her daughter had a row with her early in the morning, but she said her daughter was murdered by Asif’s family.
The police registered a murder case against Asif and four others of his family.
Tania’s family and relatives, who live in Liaquatabad, gathered on Ferozepur Road and blocked both sides with burning tyres in protest against her ‘murder’.
After receiving Tania’s body from Jinnah Hospital, they first tried to go to the Governor’s House, but on police insistence they took the body to Ferozepur Road at around 2:30pm. Police stopped them from gathering outside the chief minister’s house.
The protest resulted in a traffic congestion on Ferozepur Road. Protesters damaged some vehicles with clubs when some commuters tried to cross the road. Model Town SP Ayyaz Saleem said the autopsy report initially suggested marks on Tania’s neck.