Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Various entities including non-governmental organisations and influential individuals in their fields, have taken to Facebook to express their thoughts on the latest case of femicide. The victim, a 34-year-old mother of two, Chantelle Chetcuti, was stabbed several times by her former partner on Sunday in Żabbar.
The alleged aggressor pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him after he was arraigned in court on Tuesday afternoon before a Magistrate’s Court presided over by Magistrate Charmaine Galea.
Writing on Facebook, the Women’s Rights Foundation said that the case was that of another woman that died at the hands of a man who could only see her as his property to dispose of at will. “Rest in peace Chantell, you are yet another victim of a misogynist patriarchal society that failed you,” WRF said.
Another story exposing that which is swept under the rug – Quinton Scerri
TV host Quinton Scerri said that the latest case of femicide exposes certain realities which society is busy sweeping under the rug. His list included several bars which are attracting individuals who have severe problems including drug addiction. Scerri claimed that while the police was aware of such locations, it lacked the resources to be able to take action.
“We owe it to all of them to fix the broken system” – Metsola
Head of Delegation and Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola said that hundreds of women suffer in silence. She highlighted that four incidents of domestic violence are reported every day.
On Facebook, Metsola mentioned the victims of domestic violence killings in the last decade, adding that these mothers, sisters and daughters lost their lives to apparent domestic violence. “Murdered because they were women,” Metsola said.
“It is not enough to be angry and heartbroken,” the MEP said. She added that one must not be indifferent.
“We need laws and their proper enforcement to protect women. We need mechanisms that respond faster, and we need this scourge of our society to be tackled with the seriousness it deserves,” Metsola wrote.
“Domestic violence has no place in Malta” – Miriam Dalli
Head of Delegation and Labour MEP Miriam Dalli said that domestic violence has no place in Malta.
“We need to stand up against this violence and make all the pressure needed so that our laws are stronger and our authorities realize that we need better enforcement. Killing a woman, a mother is totally unacceptable. We will not stand down and I for one will make sure that our voices are heard,” Dalli wrote on Facebook.
Ensuring that one reports abuse – Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca
President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said that one needs to ensure that each and every woman who is experiencing violence and abuse feels confident to report and to ask for help.
“We need to ensure that when she does so she receives timely and adequate help support and protection. Until we have that, we will continue to have cases of femicide,” she wrote.