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Sport South Korea: The murder of a woman by a colleague relaunches the debate on harassment

18:30  01 october  2022
18:30  01 october  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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The harassment of women returned to the public debate in South Korea after the mid-September murder of a Korean killed by a colleague who harassed her for years. The drama deeply shocked the country and triggered demonstrations and tributes from feminist activists and other people requesting a profound modification of the texts. In a particularly divided society, Seoul only adopted a law punishing harassment in October 2021.

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at the Sindang metro station, the messages and the white flowers S ' Low in front of the entrance to the toilet: a tribute to a 28-year-old South Korean, stabbed on September 14 by the one who had harassed her for years.

Kang Ka-Eun y scribbles a few words on a yellow post-it: "Recently I saw the news of this murder, so I wanted to express my condolences to the victim, that's why I came here. "

A few meters higher at the exit of the metro, a dozen women dressed in black are who came to demonstrate :" I have already gone to feminist demonstrations, and because of that it was said that I hated men on the networks on the networks on the networks Social, I was harassed and I received very threatening calls, explains Kim Juhee, in the twenties. So when I saw this news from the murder of Sindang, I told myself that it could also happen to me, or to my sister. This cycle of violence must be broken.

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A year ago, harassment was punished with a simple fine of 72 euros. From now on, the law provides between three and five years in prison, but for activists, it is especially necessary to protect victims .

"People tell the victims of harassment that their executioner does this out of love, but it helps to spread the idea that these behaviors can be explained," continues Kim Juhee. And then in this story, even if the attacker had already harassed the victim, he was not arrested. Justice has not taken this problem seriously. We must support women and victims.

In one year, more than 7,000 individuals were arrested for harassment in South Korea . But only 5% of them were imprisoned.

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