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Kathleen Chada Calls For State Agency To Help Victims Of Familicide

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

12:06 PM - 14 May 2019



A woman whose two children were murdered by her husband has called for a state agency to be set up to help victims of familicide.

Kathleen Chada's husband Sanjeev Chada was sentenced to life in prison for driving his sons, Eoghan, 10, and Ruairí, 5, to Mayo, where he strangled them in 2013.

Kathleen has welcomed a government study into cases like hers, but says that a year is too long to wait for action to be taken.

She says that in the year it takes for the study will be carried out, ten women would be killed in a domestic situation, according to statistics.

She says a state agency should be set up to help victims who's lives have been torn apart by familicide:

'How do I go about cancelling the children's allowance? I had to do that at the time. How did I go about changing Sajeev's name to my own name on the electricity bill. They're very minute things, but they're things that actually have to happen'.

Ms Chada also agrees with Clodagh Hawe's family who said that it was too easy to dismiss cases of familicide, and to throw a blanket of silence over the incidents.

'Quite often the perpetrator is dead, so you're not even having a court case, or the perpetrator, as in my case will plead guilty, so nothing is learned from these incidents and you're left with more questions than answers'.



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