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Cyprus Killer Exposes Bias Against Female Domestic Workers

Marissa Melton

A Greek Cypriot army captain who has confessed to killing five women and two girls in Cyprus, all immigrants, is expected to appear in court next week to be charged with murder, kidnapping, rape and obstruction of justice, among other charges. 

The man known as Cyprus’ first serial killer has highlighted the vulnerability of immigrant women to violent crimes in their adopted countries. 

The chief of police has been fired and the justice minister has resigned over criticism that police did not respond more aggressively to the first hints that immigrant women were being victimized. 

The bodies of six of the suspect’s alleged victims have been found submerged in lakes. The body of the first victim, a woman from the Philippines who disappeared with her daughter in 2016, was found in mid-April in a lake known as the “Red Lake” near the mining village of Mitsero. Drainage from the mines has contaminated the water with a high acid content and a murky red color. 

The latest discovery of a body occurred June 4 in the same lake. This body, also believed to be that of a woman from the Philippines, was found stuffed into a suitcase that was resting on the bottom of the lake.

  If the victim is the woman investigators suspect, she has been missing since December 2017. Both women were domestic workers. 

Other victims have been found in another body of water known as Memi Lake. 

Working in Cyprus to send money home 

Several of the victims were from the Philippines. At least one is believed to have been from Nepal and another from Romania. It is also common for women to come to Cyprus from Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India in hopes of finding work in the country and sending money home to their families.

  The suspect, Nikos Metaxas, was arrested on April 18. He last appeared in court June 6 for another extension of his detention order. 

Police said that a week after his arrest, Metaxas told them he was bored and requested a pen and paper. He then reportedly wrote out a 10-page confession to the killings of five women and two of their young daughters.

All the women were foreigners employed as domestic workers. Metaxas has not said why he chose them for victims. Police said he found his victims via online dating sites where he used the nickname “Orestes.” He was found to have had online contacts with 30 women. But aside from those he named as victims, none of the other women have been reported as missing. 

Hillary Margolis of London-based Human Rights Watch said immigrant women are often targeted for violence because they have fewer ties in their adopted countries and many fear losing their jobs if they report it.

  “In some cases, women are sort of under the table, doing informal work. They may not have residency status,” she said. “They may be in the process of applying [for residency].” 

Unofficial status 

She said that because of their precarious status, immigrant women are more likely to engage in work that carries a higher risk of exploitation. It’s a situation in which employers have the upper hand, Margolis said. Some employers even confiscate workers’ passports, keep them locked in the homes where they work, or force them to work more hours or do tougher work than they are legally allowed to. 

Cypriot police are under fire for failing to pursue the women’s disappearances more vigorously. 

“One of the more poignant aspects of the Cyprus case is this issue of authorities really ignoring these women,” Margolis said. “It wasn’t really a matter of them [the women] not being able to get access to help. Even when they disappeared, there was no attention to it. It was just treated like it was not significant because of who they are.” 

Margolis said, “That’s something you see around the world — people of a certain background or race just not treated with the same respect by authorities and judges.”

  Even being female affects the victims’ chances of being taken seriously. 

“Women in general are not believed or treated respectfully by authorities when they try to report abuses,” she said. 

Given the number of women who come to Cyprus to work — 30,000 with legal status and another 30,000 without — that dynamic takes a heavy toll on societal norms. 

Training in how to treat people equally is important, she said. “There needs to be clear messaging from top-level authorities that this isn’t acceptable and that this case needs to be treated like any others, and people will be held accountable if they don’t,” Margolis said. 

In response to criticism of the investigation, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou resigned. He said he did so because holes in the investigation concerned not only the police but also society’s “attitudes and perceptions that honor none of us.”

  Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou was fired over the scandal. 

  Police make improvements

  Police investigator Ioannis Yiorkadjis told the court Thursday that police had collected 700 statements about the case and were seeking statements from 80 more people.

  Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said police also were conducting an internal investigation into their response to the case.

  And the new police chief, Kypros Michaelides, announced Wednesday that he would tour police units in all districts to help boost officer morale in the wake of the scandal. He is to hold an introductory news conference Tuesday.

  As for women who report sexual harassment, police said they fully investigate such complaints and move forward with prosecution if a case is established.

  The government said anyone who establishes a case of sexual harassment can expect help, whether the person is a Cypriot citizen or not. 

Metaxas most likely will face seven counts of premeditated murder, rape, indecent assault, kidnapping, privacy violation, attempted evidence tampering and obstruction of justice. 

Margolis said conditions in Cyprus could improve as a result of this case. For instance, shelters could be established where women can feel safe asking for help, even if they aren’t native Cypriots.

  “Cases like this sometimes can help lead to change, as horrific as it is. It really shines a light on what’s going on, and particularly with such a response from the public about this, it really does put pressure on the government to take action,” Margolis said. “As horrific as this [case] is, it’s not the only one.” 

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India News Brief

 29 May, 2020

Railways is fully committed to help our worker brethren reach their home states. We will schedule Shramik Special Trains on the same day as we get demand from originating state and we will run the train on the next day itself, Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav Said.

According to him, only 1.85% of total 3,840 trains were diverted, and that too for only 4 days

Nearly 80 percent of Shramik Special passengers were to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

Probable Guidelines for Lockdown 5.0.

More travel routes are likely to open in Lockdown 5.0.

From June 1, the Railways will operate 100 pairs of mail or express trains, bookings have already begun. Then AC class services will resume.

Some states have already begun intra-state buses. Other states may  begin intra-tate bus services after June 1.Metro  services may begin in a limited manner, with lesser passenger capacity, social distancing norms and longer stops at each station.

Shops selling non-essential items were allowed to open during Lockdown 4.0.. More shops may open in Lockdown 5.0 even in markets.But no confirmed news regarding opening of shopping malls.Now many shops that have re-opened in market areas are operating on an odd-even basis.

Some cities have already allowed salons and beauty parlours to open with strict social distancing guidelines and wearing protective gear is a must.In containment areas the same rule may prevail in Lockdown 5.0.

 

The Human Resource Development Ministry of India will soon announce the guidelines of   schools reopening.

Single Day COVID-19 7,400 Cases 
The Tally in Mumbai Crosses 35,000 Mark 

COVID:19:  Total Cases: 165,799 Total Deaths: 4,711: JHU

Limited Lockdown 5.0 is on the Card for 2 weeks with stringent measures in 11 cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune, Thane, Jaipur, Surat and Indore) is on the Card.Metro Rail,Shopping malls may be open: Reports 

India's Most Affected States:

Maharashtra: Total Positive Cases:59,546 Total Deaths: 1,982

Gujarat: Total Positive Cases: 15,572 Total Deaths: 960

Madhya Pradesh: Total Positive Cases: 7,261 Total Deaths: 333

West Bengal: Total Positive Cases: 4,536 Total Deaths: 295

Delhi: Total Positive Cases: 16,281 Total Deaths: 316

Rajasthan: Total Positive Cases: 8,067 Total Deaths: 179

Uttar Pradesh: Total Positive  Cases: 6,991 Total Deaths: 182

Tamil Nadu : Total Positive Cases: 19,372  Total Deaths: 145

Andhra Pradesh: Total Positive Cases: 3171 Total Deaths: 58

Telengana: Total Positive Cases: 2,098 Total Deaths: 63

Karnataka: Total Positive Cases: 2,533 Total Deaths: 47

Punjab: Total Positive Cases: 2,158 Total Deaths: 40

Jammu and Kashmir: 2036 Total Deaths: 26

How to identify Fake News or Messeges on Social Media 

Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition

Follow WHO guidelines

www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they are developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

 

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COVID-19 Related Conspiracy Theories:
https://fsi.stanford.edu/news/china-covid19

 

 

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