Saturday 20 April, 2019

Woman who begged to be rescued from abusive relationship dies

Rachel Madoo

Rachel Madoo

Rachel Madoo, the woman whose letter for help went viral on social media, has died.

The woman died at the hospital on Thursday after she reportedly ingested a poisonous substance.

In a letter posted to Facebook, Madoo said she had been abused by a male relative for years. The woman said she attempted to take her own life as she became fed up.

In the letter, she also claimed that her 13-year-old daughter was also a victim of abuse.

Madoo pleaded for help, saying she was fearful for her life.

However, she passed away yesterday, on International Women’s Day.

“I live in an abusive relationship with my husband for 17 years. I have a 13-year-old daughter as well. He would beat me and tell me I always have man. Until on Monday he came home and started cursing and beating me until I got fed up and drank poison. I am presently in mount hope and I need help. My husband work in the army and I fear for my life please help me please,” Madoo wrote as she laid on a hospital bed.

Social media users noted that it was sad that Madoo died on International Women’s Day.

Public Relations Officer of the United National Congress’ (UNC) Women’s Arm Marisa Ramlogan in a Facebook post yesterday said more needed to be done to protect the nation’s women.

“Last December I spoke about the fact that women need protection, they need to feel safe enough knowing that an Order is not just a piece of paper but that it will ensure their protection. This woman was living in fear and while I believe suicide is not answer I can imagine her feeling of helplessness. Ironically she died today on International Women's Day a day where we honour women, if our women cannot be protected how can we celebrate? Something needs to be done, less talk and more action from those in authority who have been vested the responsibility,” the PRO of the UNC’s Women’s Arm said.

 

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please contact one of the resources below:

Trinidad Shelter

628-0861

Residents will have access to accommodation, counselling, legal and medical aid, food and clothing, education/skills training and relocation assistance.

 

Organisation for Abused and Battered Individuals

798-6185

Safe Horizon

621-4673

 

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, help is available.

 

LIFELINE (24-hour hotline)

645-2800

Facebook: Lifelinett

 

ALIVE (suicide hotline)

688-8525, 650-5270

 

Mental Health Unit (Information Centre)

285-9126 ext 2577, 2571, 2573

 

Emergency Care Resources

 

St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital

St Ann’s Road, St Ann’s

Tel 624-1151/1155

 

Mental Health Unit

(NCHRA/EWMSC)

Uriah Butler Highway, Champs Fleurs,

645-3232 ext 2542

 

San Fernando General Hospital, Ward One

Independence Avenue, San Fernando

652-3581 ext 3221

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