TV show gave murderer chance to kill
November 23, 2007
Civil rights organisations in
Spain have joined calls for a TV talk show to be axed
following the murder of Russian woman Svetlana Orlova.
The 30-year-old was fatally stabbed just days after she
rejected an on-air marriage proposal from her
ex-boyfriend Ricardo Navarro.
Rights groups say the show's producers broke a court
ruling which banned Ricardo from coming near her.
As the details of the case unfold, commentators are now
asking whether the murder could have been prevented.
Juan Antonio Gimenez from the Information Newspaper says
Svetlana did speak out last March
"but then she decided
not to prosecute him."
"Then a third party
denounced Ricardo to the police, saying she had marks on
her neck and the case was re-opened,” Gimenez
President of Valencia's Supreme Court Juan Luis De La
Rua said TV talk shows are often designed with
confrontation in mind. They sometimes "add fire to a
heated situation," he said.
"Perhaps we should
re-examine those TV programmes and their potential
consequences," De La Rua said.
Svetlana died on November 19 in an Alicante hospital
from a knife wound to the neck. She leaves a
five-year-old son, not fathered by Navarro. The boy is
being looked after by his biological father.
Ricardo Navarro is now a suspect in the murder case, but
he denies involvement.
Women's groups in Spain have been outraged by the case.
Covadonga Naredo from the Progressist Women Federation
professionals should be capable of assessing when a
situation is delicate when working with women."
Meanwhile, non-governmental organisations say that at
least 66 women have died as a result of domestic
violence this year in Spain.
Professor of Psychology Carmen Manas Viejo says people
need to look out for each other.
“If you know the woman
upstairs is being beaten, then call the police. We need
to show solidarity with each other because it could
happen to any of us. It could happen to your child, to
mine if I’m not careful," she said.