It shouldn’t matter where Maasarwe comes from, but it does
The senseless killing of student Aiia Maasarwe last week was a bitter reminder that women can have their lives pointlessly cut short by men, even when walking along streets they have memorised.
The alleged rape and murder of Maasarwe is one of several brutal attacks on women in Melbourne in recent years, with Eurydice Dixon and Jill Meagher meeting similar fates. It has left women once again asking ourselves: where are we safe? Where do we go from here?
Jennine Khalik is a Sydney-based journalist.
This story has been amended to clarify the contact made by the Israel embassy in Australia after Aiia’s death.