‘Good father’ kills sons, commits suicide

A slight twist on the “nice guy” article: “Good father” kills his twin sons and commits suicide:

Rural community shocked by apparent double murder suicide  (notice no mention of ‘father’ in headline)

There really are no positive words for the victims, but plenty on the ‘good father’:

“He was a good father, he really was. You can tell he loved his boys with all his heart. I mean everything he did it was all about his boys,” Bowerman said.

One of Ables’ relatives called the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office saying Able’s had made threats on Facebook about harming his children. Court records showed Ables and his ex-wife had a divorce settlement Friday afternoon and another hearing was set for next month.

“No kids should ever have to go through that. People have differences and problem, but they shouldn’t bring in their family. Don’t let it affect your family. That’s all I see,” Bowerman said.

Many in the close knit community like Bowerman are now left wondering why this tragedy happened.

He loved his boys a lot. I mean his boys were his whole life, you know? His boys and his wife, but I guess it just got to be too much for him,” Bowerman said.

Gender Terrorism

I came across the term ‘gender terrorism’ while reading about acid attacks in Bangladesh – it seems like an appropriate name to call it – and other atrocities, based on so many of the forms of torture, injury and murder women and girls face. Here’s the article:

Bangladesh praised for reducing acid attacks

Whether the attacks follow a perceived wrongdoing or are simply the response of a spurned suitor, thousands of women in the South Asian region around Bangladesh have had sulphuric acid sprayed or poured onto their faces, eliminating facial features, causing blindness and fusing skin together, forcing them into a life of health problems and social isolation.

(Sometimes the acid is directed towards their genitals, as well.) 

Do you remember the case of the woman in the US who splashed acid onto her own face in order to get sympathy? It made national news – however, the media failed to take advantage of this time to talk about acid attacks against women (and sometimes men – usually pertaining to land disputes) in the world. The same thing happened when the woman (named Babbat, I believe) cut her husband’s penis – there was more attention over the cutting of this ONE man’s penis than the cutting of millions of girls’ clitorises.

Here’s another article similar in nature to the first:

Set on Fire – New Form of Sexist Violence in Argentina

Victims of femicide in Argentina are stabbed, strangled, shot, drowned, beaten to death — and more recently, set on fire.

In 65 percent of the cases of femicide, the murderer is the woman’s partner or ex-partner. And many of the killings occur after the courts have ordered the partner to leave the home or have issued a restraining order to keep him away from the victim of domestic violence.

Last year “we saw a veritable epidemic of women who ‘accidentally’ caught on fire,” Fabiana Tuñez, who heads La Casa del Encuentro, told IPS, pointing out that the number of cases rose from six in 2009 to 11 in 2010.