Austria Raises Alarm About 'dramatic' Femicide Plague
Vienna, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jan, 2022 ) :Painted in blood red on an improvised memorial in Vienna, the number 31 is a stark reminder of a grim toll: the women killed by men in Austria last year.
After several particularly horrific cases among the killings were widely reported in the media, the issue of femicide is now squarely under the spotlight.
In a small, wealthy country where violent crime generally is rare, a public debate has begun, galvanising activists and forcing politicians to act.
"It's a really dramatic situation... It's incomprehensible," Maria Roesslhumer, executive director of a network of women's shelters, told AFP.
Figures have fluctuated over the years, but between 2010 and 2020, 319 women were killed in Austria, mostly by their male partners or ex-partners, with a record high of 43 victims in 2019, according to a study commissioned by the government last year.
It was a particularly shocking case last March that forced the issue to the forefront.
He then poured gasoline on her and set her alight before leaving the shop and locking the door.
In April, the 43-year-old owner of a craft beer store -- previously accused by a politician of harassing her with obscene messages -- was arrested for killing his former partner, a 35-year-old mother of two.
Both men were given life sentences and sent to institutions for mentally disturbed offenders.