The horrific death of 22-year-old Trinidadian, Andrea Bharatt, sent shockwaves through the country, with many people living outside of the twin-island republic, expressing their outrage at the increase in gender-based violence.
Now, American superstar Cardi B is adding her voice to the conversation.
In a social media post, the rapper, who has Trinidadian parentage, spoke out against incidents of gender-based violence that tend to happen to “defenseless women”.
“I feel like this year & last year we have seen so much disgusting crimes & evilness happening due to this pandemic sh*t getting in people’s head. I hate that defenseless people especially women are going thru this evil sh*t. I pray for peace in the world,” she wrote.
Cardi B was responding to a fan in Trinidad who posted an image of a vigil to Bharratt, and other Trinidadian women who have been fatal victims of gender-based violence.
I feel like this year & last year we have seen so much disgusting crimes & evilness happening due to this pandemic shit getting in peoples head .I hate that defenseless people specially women are going thru this evil shit .I pray for peace in the world . https://t.co/VgI46GtbMg
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) February 10, 2021
Andrea Bharatt went missing on January 29 after getting into a taxi upon leaving work. Almost a week later, her battered body was found in Aripo, Trinidad. Since then, at least three other sets of remains have been found in the area, with forensics tests being done to determine if they belong to other humans.
According to the Trinidad Express, the country has shown a reported rise in domestic violence cases from 232 in 2019 to 558 in 2020. Following the discovery of Bharratt’s body, Attorney General Faris Al- Rawi said, “As as a human being, father, brother and uncle, I cannot imagine the grief that has befallen this family and the torture they must be in.”
Cardi B is known for using her platform to speak on issues relating to American politics and violence against women. In 2020, she advocated for justice for the murder of Breonna Taylor.