There has been a relay of sorrowful condolences for the female victim who got murdered near exit no.10 of Gangnam Station. An innocent woman was killed on June 17 by a male suspect filled with hatred for the society and who struggled with an inferiority complex towards women. This case is still a controversial issue among the public, bringing up debates on the human rights of women in the Korean society. Although there are still disagreements over the suspect’s motives for committing the crime, numerous people had the chance to look back on the problems of woman’s rights and think of further solutions.
Some say relating this case to the gender issue is a hasty decision. However, judging by the evidence so far, this tragedy was the outcome of the widespread gender discrimination within our society’s structure. Thus it should not end simply as a random act of murder. Everyone including women in the society should have the freedom to safely walk around even at night. The fundamental error that should be fixed is the perception of treating women as objects rather than equal human beings. Regardless of gender, each and every individual has the right to be safe and ultimately feel happy.