Sakhi for South Asian Women, an organization that works with the South Asian community to end violence against women, mourned the death of Stacy Singh, the 26-six-year-old Indo-Caribbean woman brutally murdered by her husband, Vishwanand Loknath, in New York City’s first homicide of 2018.
Singh was stabbed repeatedly in her home in Richmond Hill, Queens before her husband took his own life. The couple is survived by two children, ages five and one.
“We are in shock and grief at this senseless murder of a young woman and mother,” said the organization in a press statement.
“At this time we recommit ourselves to our work in the movement for gender justice, collective liberation, and fostering communities where all people can live with opportunity and hope. We call upon you to support us in our advocacy, to educate yourselves and your communities, and to uplift the voices of marginalized groups,” it added.
The organization reiterated solidarity with Jahajee Sisters, a New York City movement-building organization of Indo-Caribbean women, who released a heartfelt and critically important open letter in the wake of Stacy Singh’s murder.
“We stand with Jahajee Sisters and with the Indo-Caribbean community suffering the loss of yet another brilliant and beloved woman at the hands of an abuser,” Sakhi said. “Our hearts are with the family of Stacy Singh, especially her two young children left orphaned, and all those who knew and loved her. We stand with her loved ones and with all those today who may be suffering abuse in silence, fighting to be heard and to live safely and healthily.”
Jahajee Sisters will be holding a vigil for Singh on Monday, January 15, at 3:00 p.m. at Bhuvaneshwar Mandir, 86-06 101 Avenue, Ozone Park, Queens 11416.
Sakhi for South Asian Women works with the South Asian community to end violence against women and support immigrant survivors in their paths to healing and rebuilding after abuse. It works with other organizations across the U.S. advocating for South Asian survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, and trauma.