Not one less: Mexico to toughen penalties for femicide and abuse of minors

In Mexico, cases of violence against women are counted in thousands

Not one less: Mexico to toughen penalties for femicide and abuse of minors
Pairs of women's red shoes, put on display by Mexican visual artist Elina Chauvet to protest against gender violence and femicide, are pictured at Zocalo square in Mexico City – Photo:_ Gustavo Graf/REUTERS
English 19/02/2020 12:39 Reuters Mexico City Abraham González, Julia Love & Robert Birsel/REUTERS Actualizada 13:04
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On Tuesday, Mexico’s Lower House of Congress approved an increase in prison sentences for the crimes of femicide and sexual abuse of minors, amid a wave of protests after the murder of a seven-year-old girl in Mexico City.

Lawmakers voted to increase the sentence for femicide to 45 to 65 years in prison, up from a range of 40 to 60 years. They also sought to toughen penalties for sexual abuse of minors to 10 to 18 years, up from six to 13 years. They also proposed a fine of MXN $130,000 for the crime of femicide.

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The proposals will be sent to the Senate.

The body of the girl, Fátima Cecilia Aldrighetti, was discovered over the weekend, days after the atrocious murder of Ingrid Escamilla triggered protests over the situation of gender violence and femicides in Mexico, a country where 10 women are murdered every day.

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The cases have tested the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was criticized by Aldrighetti’s relatives for attributing gender violence to the “neoliberalism” of his predecessors.

On Tuesday, Mexico City police searched the house of a woman who was seen accompanying the girl as she left her school last week.

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Days before authorities disclosed the discovery of the girl’s body, women took to the National Palace to demand justice for the murder of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla, daubing the words “femicide state” in blood red on the door.

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