Femicide in Lesvos

In the course of one day, two women were killed. Both of them were victims of gender-based violence.

Dialekti Angeli
Dialekti Angeli NewsMavens, Greece
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Why this story matters:

Erato was the ninth murdered woman in 2019, the third within ten days. The perpetrators? A husband who did not want a divorce, a father who did not approve of his daughter's behavior, a friend who insisted on having sex even though the woman said “No”. In other words, the perpetrator is a man who faced the loss of something he considered to be his property.

In one of these cases, Erato, a 24-year-old woman, was executed by her ex-husband, who killed her with a shotgun in her own house. The femicide occurred in the village of Loutra in the island of Lesvos. The evening of the murder, Erato was reportedly talking to a male friend on the phone, when suddenly her ex-husband entered the house and started hitting her. After a few seconds the man she had been speaking with heard a shot. The offender was arrested a little later by the police, and he was taken to the prosecutor to apologize, where he asked for and received the opportunity to leave the station until he could turn himself in on Saturday morning.

It is no surprise that the media -- once again -- tried to camouflage the femicide as a “crime of passion”, masking the reality of patriarchal violence with words such as “love”.

The local media reported that the neighbors “came down to earth” when they learned the news since the murdered is “a good kid, unable to do harm”. And that is how the social mitigation of a violent crime starts.  

We cannot stop talking about the fact that men are killing women not because they love them but because they see that these women obviously had no value beyond the satisfaction of men’s desires. When they stop satisfying these men, the men get rid of them.

And as the feminist collective “No Tolerance” says: “We do not just demand recognition. We are beyond that. We are out in the streets and yelling: Not everybody is here -- those who were murdered are missing”.

Details from the story:

  • According to the evidence so far, the murderer, a 25 years-old man, was trying to reconnect with Erato but she did not want to. He was violent and they fought a lot and that is the reason why she decided to divorce him and took her two-year-old daughter away from him to raise her alone.
  • It is indicative of the situation that in many cases, the women are murdered in their own home, as the perpetrators are usually former partners, fathers, or brothers. So even in the place, which we all have in our minds as the safest place to be, women are threatened.
  • Even though this is a phenomenon of great proportion, in Greece, the political parties in the run-up to the elections do not address the issue. Some of them put it low on their agenda pretending that it does not exist and others do not include it at all since they do not even recognize it.
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