It is with tears of relief and sorrow that I read the news that Mukhtiar Panghali is found guilty of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body, in the horrific death of his wife Manjit.
It is with tears of anger that I decry still, the lack of action perpetuated by our provincial government in addressing domestic violence. Far too many women are still being beaten, and even more still do not call for help because of the lack of resources in particular, for women in the south Asian and Indian community. The very lax penalties given to offenders do not act as deterrents to a repeat offence, often leaving the offender with no record at all.
The problem is that we have officials who fail us at every juncture, who fail the people they are deemed to protect.
We have good proposals that go no where on a large scale basis, because no one is charged with ensuring it happens.
So while we await this murderer’s fait, I beg you to think about what you would do if you heard your neighbour being beaten, or threatened, or verbally abused in way that makes you cringe.
Could you go over, ring the doorbell, and ask for a cup of milk? A bit of sugar? Passed onto me by a friend:
Basically, the campaign’s aim is stop domestic violence on the spot. “The next time you hear your neighbour beating his wife, ring the doorbell and ask for a cup of milk.”I believe this is a great way to help save many women and children who suffer from the plight of domestic violence, and it could be a good way to encourage people towards assuming more social responsibility and to encourage them to take more action.Today you ring the bell, the next day you’re calling the police, and before you know it you may just have saved an innocent life from going to waste.To learn more about Ring the Bell Campaign you can check out the campaign videos on Youtube
So, while we wait for government, for law enforcement, for the world to confront a tragic truth we would all rather not, please help me take matters into our own hands.
Ring a bell.
Save a life.
Share with your friends and loved ones in all communities.
For Sunny Park. For Manjit Panghali. For every woman in danger.