It’s been 16 days since the new year started and four women have already been murdered by men. The latest attack happened yesterday at 1:30 in the morning.

Here is what the police tweeted:

Last night there was a deadly knife attack in the area of Hauptbahnhof in Favoriten. A suspect was arrested on the spot. Further information will follow.

It’s been confirmed that the victim was a 25-year-old woman; the suspect is a 21-year-old male who resides in Spain; the attack was the result of an argument. According to the latest police statement, the victim and her 33-year-old sister came to Vienna to talk to their brother about his drug problem. The situation escalated and the 25-year-old was fatally stabbed. Her sister was not harmed. This is the fourth woman killed this year.

Last Tuesday, a 40-year-old mother of four was stabbed to death by her ex-husband in Amstetten; the man also strangled his ten-year-old daughter before committing suicide afterwards. On Wednesday, a 50-year-old woman in Krumbach was also murdered by stabbing by her ex-boyfriend, who has previously stalked her. On Sunday, a 16-year-old girl was found dead in a park in Wiener Neustadt; her ex-boyfriend is the alleged killer.

With Austria having one of the lowest crime rates in the world, the recent murders are shocking the nation. It is especially distressing that four women have been found dead by the 15th of January. Austria is one of four countries in Europe where more women than men get murdered. The other countries are Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Iceland. Here are some tweets from the angry Austrian online community:

What is going on? The year is 15 days old and four women are dead.

Has anyone ever suggested to men that they simply not stab women, or is it still about how women should not let themselves get stabbed as much?

That is the fourth woman that was killed by a man this year in Austria. It is 15th of January.

This tragedy also brought up discussions regarding yesterday’s proposal by Mayor Michael Ludwig of making Vienna a “no weapon zone”. A lot of entities were sceptical of this idea, such as the Vienna Police. It is hard to see this ban reinforced. However, with all of the tragic events that have been happening in the past weeks, this proposal might be what people want to happen. Here is what the community has to say:

Whether a ban on weapons would have prevented the stabbing at Hauptbahnhof is doubtful. At least the existing ban on murder was not effective.

Yesterday everyone was still making fun of the proposed weapons ban in Vienna. It’s not my last word of wisdom, but the implementation of a ban has to be discussed. Today, hopefully, people won’t make fun of it.

And, where did this “knifeman” come from? It is questionable whether a ban on pocket knives throughout Vienna would have prevented the killing.

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