Apart from her family, friends, workmates and neighbors, not many people knew who Grace Gavera was until this week.
For those who have not been on Facebook, there is a picture that shocked many people. It shows a Papua New Guinean woman, stripped, humiliated and tortured before she waskilled. There’s blood all over her bodyand she died a horrible, painful death.
On Saturday, evening her dad spent the early part of the night at her residence at Erima. They chatted for a while, then he went home. In the morning they told her, his daughter was dead – killed by her abusive boyfriend.
Why was she killed? I don’t know. But why should any Papua New Guinean women be killed? And why should there even be any attempt to justify the killing of any woman by an abusive boyfriend or partner or husband?
The Health Minister, Dr. Puka Temu, has come out to condemn the killing. Powes Parkop and Robert Agarobe have both issued similar statements. But you know what? Every killing of PNG women at the hands of abusive partners should be condemned with the same energy every time. This forum should be bigger.
It should be discussed in the all male parliament with the same passion and determination as the DSIP funding, corruption and expensive sports cars.
Grace Gavera isn’t just another static added to the long list of victims of women killed by their partners.
Yesterday, I learned that Grace died at the age of 26. She was an administrative clerk at the National Department of Education. She was raised by her grand parents and later by her aunt and uncle.
Yep… she’s not a statistic. She is a real person.
At least two days after the killing, the alleged murderer was caught by police in Port Moresby. He is now in custody. The pictures of the arrest were shared on social media.
Yesterday, I asked Grace Gavera’s dad if he was going to call for the death penalty. He said: NO. He doesn’t want the burden of another person’s death placed on him. But he wants suspect to face the full force of the law.
He also made an another important point: NO COMPENSATION!
Why should we seek “justice” for a man and profit through compensation for a woman killed by her partner.
He wants justice served and I agree.