Domestic violence cases are always difficult to hear about, but the truth is that these cases must be brought to light to help better educate the public and raise awareness. This is especially important when you consider that our Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah voiced concerns earlier this year over statistics that showed a total of 4,963 domestic violence cases against women reported in January – November 2018.
Bernama reports a grim reminder of this reality in the recent case of a 39-year-old woman, S.Vijeyyenthi, who suffered 70% severe burn wounds on her limbs and face at the hands of a jealous husband who suspected she was cheating on him. S.Vijeyyenthi passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning (6 May) in Melaka Hospital due to her burns, which were inflicted on 29 April.
Mangsa kejadian dibakar suami dipercayai akibat cemburu di Taman Krubong Permai, Melaka pada 29 April lepas meninggal dunia di Hospital Melaka awal pagi semalam – Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Melaka, ACP Mohd Nor Yhazid Idris pic.twitter.com/d7D4AufNl3
— BERNAMA Radio (@bernamaradio) May 6, 2019
Her 45-year-old husband, who was arrested on 30 April at the Krubong landfills, used petrol from S.Vijeyyenthi’s own motorcycle to inflict the burns on his wife. He confessed that he suspected she was having an affair with another man, which led to his terrible act.
Melaka Criminal Investigation Department chief ACP Mohd Nor Yhazid Idris told Bernama, “The case was previously investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code and was amended to Section 302 of the Penal Code which caused death and the suspects to be remanded for further investigation.
“The victim is believed to have died due to severe injuries.”
No matter how upset you are, burning someone to death can’t be the answer. If you know someone in a bad domestic situation, please do help out and encourage them to look into the various resources out there to support victims of domestic abuse.
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