Femicide in Rhodes

A 21 year-old student was murdered on the Greek island of Rhodes because she refused to consent to sex.

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Why this story matters:

Eleni Topaloudi did not complete her studies at the University of the Aegean. At the age of 21, her future seemed bright, but she took her last breath in the sea where her killers cast her body. She was unable to ask for help, since she was unconscious from their blows.

Her body was found in the morning of November 28, half naked. 

The exact motive for her murder is still being investigated, as the two defendants, a 19-year-old Albanian and a 21-year-old Greek man, accuse and contradict each other.

As the days pass, new evidence comes to light.

The 19-year-old claimed that he and Eleni visited the house of the 21-year-old. There, they presumably asked sexual favors from Eleni -- although this could not be proven. Whatever it was that the two men asked, she refused, and then “[...] my friend hit her. We had some drinks and we hit her hard on the face. She was stunned. She told us that she would go to the police and we lost it. My friend punched her in the face, I held her hands and he hit her with a flat iron on the head. I wanted to take her to the hospital, but my friend drove the van to a rocky beach. Let’s finish it, he said and we tossed her into the sea. Then we went home and cleaned everything with a mop. Immediately afterwards, we went back to the beach and we got rid of the cleaning things and the flat iron”. The 21-year-old denies everything.

One thing is for sure; Eleni had to pay with her life for refusing the two men. 

Details from the story:

  • The regular interrogator and the Prosecutor of Rhodes unanimously decided to keep the two defendants in temporary custody for the murder of Eleni Topaloudi.
  • The two defendants are accused of manslaughter and rape.

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