KLIA shooting a stark reminder of how domestic violence can escalate, says NGO

PETALING JAYA: The shooting at KL International Airport's (KLIA) Terminal did not occur in isolation and is a stark reminder of how violence against women can lead to murder, says the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).

In a statement issued on Tuesday (April 16), the NGO said it was referring to the recent incident where an estranged husband tried to shoot his wife at KLIA early Sunday (April 14) morning, and ended up wounding a bodyguard.

Stating that the Home Ministry had revealed that 27 murders had occurred between married couples between 2019 and 2021, WAO called for the authorities to take reports by women involved in domestic abuse more seriously.

It stated that the shooting had not happened in isolation as the targeted victim had filed two police reports against her husband prior to the shooting.

“WAO expresses deep concern over the shooting that took place in the early hours of April 14, and extends its solidarity to the survivor and all those impacted by this distressing event.

“The attack, allegedly orchestrated by the estranged husband of the survivor, serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address violence against women in our society, and how it can lead to murder.

“We need a comprehensive, survivor-centric approach to addressing violence against women.

“The lived realities of women, including reports made, must be taken seriously and must include an approach to addressing the issue, encompassing preventive measures, enhanced victim support services, and robust legal enforcement," the NGO said.

It added that violence against women is not only a violation of individual rights but also a significant impediment to achieving gender equality and social justice.

WAO called for urgent action to prevent and respond to such violence, including robust legar measures and comprehensive support services for survivors.

It further proposed that survivor-centric services, including counseling, legal assistance, and shelter provisions, must be made available to survivors to ensure their safety and well-being.

WAO provides free shelter, counselling, and crisis support to women and children who experience abuse.

Those in need of its services can reach out through the WAO Hotline at 03-3000 8858 or SMS/WhatsApp TINA to +6018 988 8058, or reach out via the Talian Kasih 15999 for support.

WAO also advised those experiencing any form of violence and fearful for their safety to contact the police at 999 or make a report at the nearest police station.

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