Another capital murder highlights plight of continuous gender violence in Albania

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 8, 2018 13:09

Another capital murder highlights plight of continuous gender violence in Albania

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  • Xhafer Meta, who was divorced, is alleged to have also threatened witnesses in the area who attempted to help the girl with a TT pistol, before fatally shooting her on the head a second time.

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TIRANA, June 8 – A 31-year old man from Kukes shot a 19-year old girl from Mat dead on Friday morning in Tirana’s Don Bosko area, and killed himself shortly thereafter, as the police was approaching the crime scene.

Xhafer Meta, who was divorced, is alleged to have also threatened witnesses in the area who attempted to help the girl with a TT pistol, before fatally shooting her on the head a second time.

Police said it is already investigating the circumstances that led to the murder, while a number of local media sources have reported the victim had reported Meta for harassment to the police four times.

According to what is so far known concerning the case, Meta was asking the victim to get back together, after she had finalized an affair they’d had a few months back.

Meta had recently graduated from Tirana’s Polytechnic University; the night before confronting his victim and fatally shooting her, he’d posted a poem dedicated to his mother on social media.

Meanwhile, this incident brought back memories of another similar gender-based murder case that happened in the capital in January, when Ariela Murati, a young woman from Fier living and studying in Albania was shot dead by a former classmate after rejecting his advances in front of Tirana’s University of Medicine.   

When 21-year old Murati was shot in Tirana, Paola Visha, of the same age, was also shot in the city of Vlora; and these are just the most shocking in a series of homicides that have shook society and placed violence against women under the spotlight.

The Gender-Based Violence Monitoring Network has called on authorities to urgently take extra measures to protect victims against a trend plaguing Albanian society.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 8, 2018 13:09