Subway murder in Seoul sparks fury over South Korea’s stalking laws

By Rek Hanibal Published on September 23, 2022
Subway murder in Seoul sparks fury over South Korea’s stalking laws

The words meant to assure women of their safety have become tragically ironic. Last week, inside the restroom, a young woman who worked at the station was brutally murdered. The man suspected of killing her had been stalking her for years.

The wall underneath the plaque has since become a shrine of messages left as notes, with women and men of all ages coming to express their fury, fear, and sorrow.

"I want to be alive at the end of my workday," reads one. "Is it too much to ask, to be safe to reject people I don't like?" reads another. 

The mother of a teenage girl cries as she scans the messages. "Where have we gone so wrong?" she asks, now questioning whether to allow her daughter to travel to school alone.

Rek Hanibal

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