Surge of attacks on women

2013-06-07 00:00

THE attack on Doreen Clark (56) and a domestic worker yesterday, and Dhewmathee Bharath (57) of Northdale on Tuesday were two of four attacks on women in Pietermaritzburg this week.

On Monday, Northdale FET College student Rashmika Janthielayal (17) was stabbed and killed on campus by a man alleged to have been an ex-boyfriend.

The man was arrested and made his first appearance in court on Wednesday, on the day Rashmika’s body was cremated.

On Wednesday, Rangie Soobramoney (60), also from Northdale, was shot on her way to work after being forced off the road by two men in a bakkie.

She was taken to St Anne’s Hospital where she is still recovering.

“She is in the surgical ward. She is improving and is in a stable condition. Everything seems to be going well,” said St Anne’s marketing officer Shubnum Ismail.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said that no arrests had been made following the attackon Soobramoney.

Jeevan said there was a possibility that some of these incidents could be linked.

“We can’t rule out that possibility. It appears that women are being targeted. Women are urged to take the necessary precautions and be extra vigilant when driving in the city,” she said.

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