Last Tuesday, 4 PM in the afternoon, the suspect started following her and trying to pull her clothes. When she raised an alarm, the accused pulled out a knife and stabbed her on her neck, according to witnesses. Only then a passer-by confronted the suspect who was trying to stab his victim for the second round.
The victim was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, Balcha Hospital, where she died.
The victim’s mother, Woizero Woinshet, interviewed by Tadias Addis, a local FM, said she raised her daughter as single mother. She said she was not aware of the assailant and her daughter was shy and timid who kept things to herself.
Various research indicate that gender-based violence and rape are rampant crimes in Ethiopia and linked its prevalence to male chauvinist culture, legal loopholes, the inefficiency of different agencies in the criminal justice system, and “a deep-seated culture of silence”,according to Rediet Wegayehu, a senior fellow at Humanity in Action.
In October 2011, an Ethiopian Airlines flight attendant named Aberash Hailay lost her eyesight after her ex-husband, Fisseha, stabbed her in both eyes with a sharp knife.
And there’s the story of Frehiwot Tadesse, a mother of two, who was shot several times by her ex-husband in a daylight in Addis. Since the first reported case involving Kamilat Mehdi and her ex-boyfriend, acid attacks against women have also shown a disturbing increase, Rediet stated in a Guardian article.