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South Korea's Ongoing Battle Against Gender-Based Violence: A Call for Change

South Korea fights with escalating concerns over women's safety amid gender-based violence cases. The tragic death of Lee Eun-chong, despite a restraining order, highlights gaps in protecting victims.

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By minal
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In a country where women's safety is increasingly under threat, South Korea stands at a crossroads in its fight against gender-based violence. Despite promises from the Yoon Suk Yeol government to combat such crimes, concerns continue to mount. The tragic case of Lee Eun-chong, a 38-year-old woman who lost her life at the hands of her former coworker and boyfriend, has exposed a glaring gap in practical protection for victims under South Korean law.

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Lee had sought a temporary restraining order to shield herself from her abusive ex-boyfriend, but tragically, he still found a way to end her life. This chilling incident has sparked outrage and calls for stricter punishments for perpetrators.

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This is not an isolated incident. South Korean courts have been criticized for considering mitigating factors when sentencing those responsible for gender-based violence. The infamous "roundhouse kick" case, where an offender with a long criminal history received a lenient sentence, highlights this disturbing trend.

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The nation's failure to deliver severe penalties for such crimes reflects a deeply rooted systemic issue. It's time for the courts to proactively weigh aggravating factors in sentencing, rather than focusing solely on extenuating circumstances.

Yet, the solution isn't solely in legal reforms. It demands a collective societal shift. All Koreans must stand together, support victims, and prioritize women's safety. Legislation and law enforcement are vital, but they're just one piece of the puzzle. You need to change the narrative, address systemic problems, and build a society where violence against women is taken seriously.

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Solidarity, education, and a united public effort can create a safer environment. These issues affect every woman in Korea and it's time to pay attention and take action. The conversation extends beyond the need for harsher punishments; it's about building a society where women are genuinely safe.

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