Domestic Violence. Any sign of sanity?

By Nita Chicooree-Mercier

If we go by police reports, a week without crime is hardly a cause for celebration. The worrying question that pops up is: Who is going to be the next victim? Among thousands of couples in this country, somewhere a male is accumulating toxic loads of aggressiveness and might go berserk any time and take out a knife to resolve long-held frustrations and conflicts with his partner.

Domestic Violence . Pic – Shutterstock

Call it woman slaughter, or ‘feminicide’, as the feminist movement #MeToo rightly emphasizes in France, it is an issue that boils down to women getting killed because they are women. Last week a man stabbed his wife during a quarrel in a supermarket, he then killed himself. Fortunately, she had a narrow escape from death. This week a police officer thought it cool to film himself shouting and yelling at his former partner before killing her. Videos of just anything have become a trend everywhere, and often used without any discernment. Let alone by men who lose all self-control and are no longer capable of calm and rational thinking, which is the very essence of being.

There is plenty of subject matter for local feminists and journalists to write about on International Women’s Day and in fact all year round about the horrendous treatment being meted out to women here as elsewhere. One recent and most gruesome murder of a 27-year-oldyoung woman, Shraada, in India, by her live-in partner Aftab hit the headlines and sent shockwaves across that country. The man strangled her, drained all her blood in the bathroom, cut her body into 35 pieces while taking a break to smoke and drink beer all along that horrendous act.

He put all the pieces and the beheaded head of the victim in the fridge, looked at her face every day and invited other women to his apartment before scattering the 35 bags in all corners of Delhi. He took care to have a selfie at the start of the criminal task he set himself to commit. A psychiatrist describes him as a pervert who feels that he has the right to deliver justice himself to get rid of his partner who wanted him to get into a proper marriage. For the victim, it is a tragic case of online dating and elopement against her parents’ consent.

A repetition of crime against women should not be taken as a banal issue. Official statistics may inform us whether domestic crime has gone unabated over past years or whether it is declining. The good news is that prisoners are taking up music and art classes to develop the positive aspects of their nature. Read More… Become a Subscriber

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