Paul Lismore


Rédigé par Paul Lismore le Jeudi 2 Janvier 2020

" Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them."----Margaret Atwood.

How often do we hear the nonsensical excuse for premeditated murder in the home as a 'broken heart', 'he loved her too much', 'he could not live without her' and other lurid examples of some men's desire to control completely the one they claim to love? "If I can’t have you, nobody can," is a common refrain we hear from men who equate the 'I love you' from their partners at the beginning of a relationship as a licence to control her for life, irrespective of whether she has had enough of the control, domineering, abusive freak once she has seen his true colours, and now feels nothing but revulsion at the abhorrently possessive nature of the one who once proclaimed undying love, respect, and affection for her.

It is a well known fact of life that women are at high danger of risk, violence, or attempts on their lives when they leave or try to leave their abusive and aggressive partners.

This is when the homicidal expression, " si mo pa gagne toi, personne pa pou kapav gagne toi" manifests itself in all its horror, as if the woman is now a trophy that only the cowardly bully can win, and no one else. Does this mean that these men are killing their ex-wives or girlfriends because they are “heart-broken” or "distraught over the break-up?"

Or should we tell the truth, and say that men kill their partners because they want power over these women, because they want control, because they believe they own their wives and girlfriends, because these women are no longer their partners but their possession, their property, with no will of their own, and whose only duty in life is to obey the psycho?

There is an obvious risk to the lives of women in Mauritius if we continue to ignore a national conversation about the high number of murders of "estranged" wives and girlfriends each year.

It is no use a minister for gender equality attending the funeral of a murdered wife/girlfriend and reciting all the platitudes about how terrible domestic violence is, and then doing next to nothing to try to control the problem. It is even worse when the opposition spokespersons on gender equality see a domestic violence murder as an ideal opportunity to show us how much they 'care', and how in their manifesto for the next elections, " nou pou konbat violence domestik' will again be high on their list of priorities.

What exactly are you going to do if during the 5 years in between elections, all that you have done is ingratiate yourself to an idiotic male leader, and done nothing to devise new policies in order to enact decent laws to control this terrible problem?

A study by the American Psychological Association found that :

"--74 percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner (spouse, common-law spouse, ex-spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend). --Of these, 96 percent were women killed by their intimate partners.
--One in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

--Interpersonal violence is the leading cause of female homicides and injury-related deaths during pregnancy.

--The percentage of women who consider their mental health to be poor is almost three times higher among women with a history of violence than among those without.

--Women with disabilities have a 40 percent greater risk of intimate partner violence, especially severe violence, than women without disabilities."

You think the situation is any better in Mauritius?

The questions we need to ask ourselves are: How can girls and boys be taught from a young age to respect their partners and accept their relationship decisions? How many parents and educators, right now, are having those discussions before college and even in primary school?

Are men encouraged to get mental health counselling in the same way women are? Is there enough funding for domestic violence shelters and counselling? Do our courts and police take the issue of domestic violence seriously enough? Are our laws designed to control this problem, or do they merely pay lip service to the need to protect our women more efficiently?

How often do we hear of cases of domestic violence (some after years of prolonged abuse) where the aggressor is arrested, taken to court, and then released the next day to return to the same home where he is again at liberty to resume his habit of using his partner as a punch bag?

It is much worse in cases of incest/sexual abuse of one's own children where the pervert is allowed to return home, and the case will take years to reach a conclusion, often with the young victim unable to recall accurately the traumatic events she endured when she was a little girl---which means that the plea of the defence zavoka that there is no case to answer will be rubber stamped by a magistrate showing none of the care and judicial wisdom and maturity required to deal with this sensitive topic.

Can you imagine the state of mind of the girl after she has accused her own father of a most horrific crime, and now seen by a vengeful public to be a 'liar', all because a cruel and terribly maladministered justice system cannot be arsed to prioritise some cases?

There is an urgent need for a strong Women's movement in Mauritius that highlights the life or death issues facing many women on this island. Unfortunately, the "Women's'' groups in existence consist of a few attention seeking individuals whose primary need is to be seen at cocktail parties attended by ministers, or who spend their time sucking up to party leaders on the quiet, in the hope of getting a ticket for the next general elections. They are nothing but vultures who see the problems of women as a springboard for an ambition that is way in excess of their negligible skills and talents....

Anyone who believes women are treated equally these days should be reminded how many women are killed each year for saying "no." And compare the figures with the small number of men who also suffer from domestic abuse.

It is difficult to argue with this feminist's point of view that "The media and the police want us to believe that men killing their wives/girlfriends are "crimes of passion," Showing up with a knife at your ex-girlfriend’s house, threatening suicide (something abusive men often do in an attempt to manipulate their partners into staying or coming back), doesn’t sound like a “crime of passion” to me. It sounds like an entitled, possessive man sought out his ex-girlfriend in order to punish her for the crime of being free — free from him."

The more we talk about men’s violence against women as “passionate” or as something uncontrollable and attached to love or heartache, the more we excuse things like domestic abuse and male entitlement.

There are plenty of women in this world (men, too!) who have had their hearts broken in the most gruesome and unfair ways… And yet, their emotions haven’t led them to kill. This kind of violence is mostly a gendered crime, and we must name it as such. Disguising the truth will only lead to more violence.

As for the saps who say 'Mo pa kapav viv san toi, mo pou suicide moi", all that I can say is " Get a fucking life!"

If you suffer from a terrible inferiority complex that makes you want to possess and completely control the one you claim to love, drink some camomile tea or anything to make you understand the simple, basic concept that love can never mean complete and total subjugation of one's ego and personality in order to satisfy the pride of a callous brute.

And if that does not work, then by all means kill yourself and do us all a favour. But leave the woman alone! She has an absolute right to try to find the happiness that a more decent and mature man might provide her...or the right to be happy on her own!

Jeudi 2 Janvier 2020

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