It’s been five years since SFU student Maple Batalia was killed in the SFU Surrey campus parking lot, and a vigil was held to not only honour her 25th birthday, but to also honour all victims of violence Saturday night.
A committee called The Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships and one of Maple’s family members organized the event in Surrey’s Holland Park.
Roseleen Batalia says she wanted to use her late sister’s 25th birthday to raise awareness towards violence against women.
“If you look at the facts in Canada, one in four women are killed and the police has reported, this is a fact, that every third call they get is related to domestic or intimate partner violence, so this is an epidemic, not only in the South Asian communities, but in all communities.”
Group member Dr. Balbir Gurm says between 10 and 30 per cent of women don’t report when they are being abused.
She says sometimes the reason is because of further fear.
“Women I think have internalized that they are still inferior, even though we’ve been talking equity for a number of years, but some of them still feel it.”
Rosleen says because she couldn’t save her sister, she will continue to save other women by speaking up.