THESSALONIKI, Greece - Legal debate in Greece after a woman set on fire, dies.A woman was 55 years old and her husband was accused of filling her in gasoline and setting her on fire. She passed away in northern Greece.
Her death is the most recent in a string of homicides that have reawakened a discussion regarding whether or not more appropriate legal measures are required to protect women from violence.
Three days after the assault that took place at the woman's residence in the city of Komotini in the northern region of Greece, hospital officials announced on Monday that the woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, had passed away while receiving intensive care.
It was previously known that her 62-year-old husband was in police custody, and it was anticipated that the charges against him would be upgraded from attempted murder to murder.
At least 17 women were found dead in Greece in 2021 after being stabbed to death by their husbands or other romantic partners. Among them is the murder that took place a year ago of British-Greek student Caroline Crouch, who was 20 years old.
Her husband, a Greek helicopter pilot named Babis Anagnostopoulos initially told the police that she had been slain in a house invasion; however, he was later convicted for the murder of his wife and sentenced to life in prison earlier this year.
A year ago, the body of a Romanian woman who was 42 years old and had been buried in cement was found in the southern part of Greece.
After some time, her partner was picked up in the Netherlands in connection with an international warrant. After being deported to Greece, he was found dead in his cell a few weeks later having committed suicide by hanging himself.
Syriza, the primary party of the left-wing opposition, is in favor of a legislative change that, if passed, would make femicide a specific crime that might potentially carry longer terms of parole; however, the government maintains that the current legal framework does not require any revisions.
Center-right Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Sunday:
I accept the term femicide because it defines the way in which these crimes are committed. But I don’t believe it should receive special legal status. We have a particularly strict legal framework for homicide. I cannot accept that femicide is more heinous than the murder of a child or the murder of an elderly person.
Mitsotakis stated that he strongly supported the provision of additional safeguards to protect women from life-threatening forms of domestic violence, such as an expanded network of shelters and additional training for law enforcement officers.
The Greek government has recently revised its penal code to add a mandatory life term for murder, which is referred to legally as intentional homicide. Gatopoulos filed this report from Athens, which is located in Greece.