As the euphoric valentine atmosphere filled the African air waves, Anene Booysen the victim of rape and murder will never get to see the light of the day or experience Valentine’s Day anymore. While the celebrations of love go on around the globe, the South Africa’s media is dominated by the rape case of 17-year-old Anene Booysen a victim of gang-raped and murdered. This barbaric inhumane act saw her throat slit and body mutilated with broken bottle by the perpetrators. The rape and murder suspects who are in their early twenties appeared with faces covered in court to face their trial.
Various civil rights organizations in South Africa and other parts of the world are in the forefront of initiatives to ensure justice and salvage further occurrence of such evil act. Thus, leading to calls for public global protests as seen in India forcing South Africans to confront the situation.
So far tougher laws and strict implementation seems to be the way out of the situation, giving the police better legal tool to fight the deep rooted culture of sexual violence. Suspects are now forced to undergo HIV test and those found positive are charged with not only rape but attempted murder.