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Kerala Woman Shot and Killed in Church

by Sabrin

Every day we are faced with signs that the problem of domestic violence can rise and culminate into disastrous calamities. We are reminded that there still remains quite a bit of work that needs to be done.

Yesterday night a 24 year old Kerala woman was killed by her abusive husband while she was in the safety of her own church. Two other people were also fatally wounded.

According to the New York Times: “The gunman ran from the church and drove away in a green convertible Jeep Wrangler with a black soft top and the California license 5JHD200, said the police, who identified him as Joseph Pallipurath, 27, of Sacramento. He remained at large Sunday night as the New Jersey State Police and law enforcement authorities in northern New Jersey widened a manhunt on highways and at transportation terminals”


Sepia Mutiny, a fellow South Asian blogsite, does an excellent job outlining the facts of the case, noting that the victim had previously filed not one, but TWO restraining orders against her husband.

The latest update from the Associated Press states that “Police are searching for the suspect, 27-year-old Joseph M. Pallipurath of Sacramento, Calif., in Georgia, where he has relatives”

If you are in the Georgia area, please remain aware and on the look out for this man.

Anna from Sepia Mutiny points out a very sad, but harsh truth:

“We need to change. We need to treat domestic violence as more than an afterthought or a distasteful, unfortunate situation which happens to other people, people whom we then whisper about, but don’t help. I saw it, over and over again while growing up. Everybody knew who was hurting, nobody did a thing.

When we are faced with such horrible incidents, we must ask ourselves “What can I do to make sure that this doesn’t ever happen again in our community?”


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