23-year old Zaneta Balazova was found dead by her children on 2nd April 2015 in Benwell, Newcastle. Pavel Cina, 25, has been charged with her murder.
Newcastle City Councillor, Dipu Ahmed, commented:
“People need to understand this is an isolated incident. Police reacted very quickly and made an arrest.”
“Let’s not raise tensions. We have to grieve for the person who is dead.”
“The people here have always been strong when things like this have happened in the past. No matter what community they are from we need to come together.”
Perhaps Dipu Ahmed would like to define what he means by isolated.
Zaneta Balazova is at least the 26th woman suspected to have been killed by a man in the UK in 2015.
Zaneta Balazova is at least the fifth woman suspected to have been killed by a man in Tyne and Wear in the last year.
Zaneta Balazova was part of a community called ‘women’. Women, my community, are being killed by men. Like Dipu Ahmed I want us to grieve for the woman who is dead. Unlike Dipu Ahmed, I believe that we need to raise tensions. We need to be angry about yet another murder of one of our community. If members of any other ‘community’ than women, were being killed by members of another ‘community’, other than men, we would not be talking about isolated incidents.