Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Women Are Being Killed With Impunity in Mexico

 "MX" for Borderland Beat; VICE Magazine

Around 7 o’clock on the night of July 8, three assailants walked up the steps to a small stone house perched on top of a hill in the municipality of Nicolas Romero, Mexico state. Once inside, they held up their guns and opened fire on five females. One woman was shot multiple times in the head, and another died soon after. One 16-year-old and two 9-year-old girls, all related, were also shot and killed. Hours later, their bodies were found strewn on the floor and on their bunk beds. The killers had fled.

“They said something bad had happened back home, but they were unclear just how many victims there were,” said Julia (real name withheld), recounting the phone call she received that night. Her mother, two sisters, and two of her nieces had been killed, she was told. It was the beginning of her living nightmare.

This brutal incident didn’t reach the international press. It barely registered a blip on Mexico’s national media circuit. There’s a numbness when it comes to violent crimes being committed against females in Mexico, which is fast becoming one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman.

In 2019, a record-breaking 3,833 women were killed — an average of over 10 every day. Many of these are cases of “femicide,” when a woman is killed simply for being a woman. Since COVID-19 has swept through the country, gender violence has spiked even further. Women are forced to stay at home, at the whims of their abusers. Emergency calls for violence against women in April and May 2020 were 74 percent higher than those same months the year before.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, however, refuses to acknowledge that Mexican women are increasingly at risk. “Never have women in Mexico been so protected as they are now,” he told Vice News. “There is a permanent fight against corruption and impunity like never before. We don't protect the criminals.”

But such statements contradict the facts. A killer is convicted in less than 5 percent of cases, so the chances of getting justice are slim.

Julia’s sister-in-law, Antonia (real name withheld), said the family has been given no information about the case and that the investigators have stopped answering their calls. “I don't even know if they're working on it or not,” she said.

Impunity is just one reason for the rising murder rate in Mexico.

Almost half the murder cases between 2000 and 2018 involved some form of domestic violence. Male entitlement — or machismo — is ingrained in Mexican culture, and that often results in violence at home.

“All men are a bit jealous, right? Sometimes, that's the origin of violence,” said Daniel Luna Pizano. “Or otherwise, sometimes women are jealous, and they get annoying, and men cannot stand it and they explode.” Pizano was detained in Nezahualcóyotl police station, for attacking his wife, when he spoke to VICE News. He said he got jealous because he thought his wife was cheating on him. “I pushed her and I kicked her on the back. I grabbed her hands and pushed her against the bed so she couldn't move… I suffocated her with a pillow.”

Julia’s sister suffered physical attacks from her partner too. Her family described how she turned up at her father’s house just a few days before the murder with her mouth bleeding. They believe this history of domestic abuse could have contributed to what happened, but they’re still waiting for answers.

There have still been no arrests. The investigators told VICE News they’re “looking for more information.”

Within the last month, Mexico’s government cut 151 million pesos from the National Institute of Women, as part of the country’s COVID-19 austerity measures. Other cuts to gender violence alerts have also been floated, sending a message to Julia and others like her, that women’s safety is far from the government’s priority right now.

34 comments:

  1. Everyone is being killed in Mexico with impunity,but wait,the US is just as bad what with school shootings etc and the like,isnt it ?

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  2. It's not Juarez anymore but the whole frikin country.

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  3. Just another friendly reminder from bb that ONLY womens lives matter. Men and boys you DONT MATTER!

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  4. What does that say about a country who cannot protect women?

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  5. Tragic. Are women really killed with impunity and simply for being a woman in Mx or is it just to fit the narrative of division by Vice to pander to a spectrum?

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  6. Must be flashing money around

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  7. Only weak men hit women.. im a Mexican that isn't machista im not a mandilon either but i treat my women fair.. when i was in the penitentiary we would beat the inmates in there for domestic violence or fcking with kids.. they wouldn't even put up a fight just fold like the weak people they are..

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    1. Lowest of the low women and children beaters?What the fuck can you do with hard cases like that?They hide it as well,never seem to catch them at it?

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    2. 6:58 i hope "your women" also treat "THEIR MEN" right, and i hope you learned your kamasutra lessons well in prison, where the weak are also abused...
      say, how many weak rapists did you rape in prison?

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  8. Wimin need to stop expecting for things from the government, organize and redeem themselves and stop their games of playing house with ugly motherfacker that won't even support themselves, much less contribute to the family unit...
    pero no, ahí tienen que andar de calientes con el primer baboso que se las crea,
    "ahí es que trai sus jordans"
    O se parece al Peña nieto...
    --Budgetary expenses get kicked out for corruption, and it takes a while to organize something new, that is your chance, but of you expect that cheap bitch chayotera Denisse dresser, frida guerrera, el payaso BROZO, or margarinflas FECAL are going to extort AMLO, they have very bad News coming...

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  9. "Impunity is just one reason for the rising murder rate in Mexico."

    Impunity is temporary.

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    1. .Mexico laws are freaking weak. if tvey had capital punishment things would be differnt. would nake criminals think twice especislly if they do executions in public by hanhing electricm chaor ,shooting squad, no letgal onjections for scum bag criminals.

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    2. Capital punishment as a deterrent or as punishment? Everyone always barks "capital punishment" as if we're a silver bullet.

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    3. @5:29 In old England there were dozens of crimes that people got hanged for. Didnt stop crime. Saudi Arabia will chop off your head for drug dealing. People still traffic drugs in Saudi Arabia.
      Understand that criminals are often irrational and have poor impulse control
      Or are desperate.
      If burning people at stake, roasting them alive in the Bull, impalement, the rack, quartering didn't stop crime then, what makes you think you know how to stop crime.
      And if you televise executions, the ratings would blow through the roof.

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    4. @ JamesBrown sounds a lot like the story of Sisyphus. Repeat after repeat no matter how you tackle it.

      - Sol Prendido

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    5. "In old England"
      It was seriously hardcore.1400to1600 Henry V111 etc.Gibbeting,hanging in a steel cage till you died and rotted,Drawn and Quatered,entrails drawn out of your body while alive and then arms and legs cut off,Pillory,locked in a wooden frame,Mutilation,cutting arms off,balls,hands,Pressed to Death,Boiled Alive,Burnt at the Stake,all were used at some point in England,can you believe that shit?Most countries have had draconian punishments but in this day and age we all love and respect each other,i just saw a pig fly by as well.

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    6. You are one deranged M/F if you don'think the death penalty would not effect this coward crimnal s.look at Texas compared to California or Illinois crime is low hear.so shut your mouth son death penalty has a way of correct nature so again shut your mouth son.

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    7. 5:29 death penalty exists in Mexico, but as on many other places it is illegal and selective, as many executioneers are well qualified to receive it legally for their sins and transgressions, like Rodrigo Duterte, a murdering drug addicted motherfacker himself.
      Those in Power have also killed a lot of inocent convicts because "the Law said so" irregardless of evidence.

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    8. @8:51 Maybe you should shut up, engage your brain, and educate yourself. I am for the death penalty. I think if a person takes the life of another, then that person should forfeit his own life.
      But the threat of a death penalty alone hasn't been proven to reduce violent crime. Murder is often a crime of passion, especially where women are involved. The death penalty does, however, provide some measure of closure to the victim's family. It satisfies the law-abiding public's desire for retribution.
      The death penalty is not a significant deterrent to violent crime. And the state isn't the only entity to hand out death sentences. For a Mexican sicario, getting caught by the opposition is a sure death sentence often preceded by ghastly torture. Has the threat of being decapitated, boned and jointed by cartel knives ever deterred cartel hitmen?

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  10. Now the war on junkfood!

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/08/mexico-ban-sale-junk-food-minors-coronavirus-obesity.html?via=features

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  11. Obrador is an idiot he's doing exactly what he said he wouldnt do check out what's happening in Chihuahua right now over the water of the dams in the South Central part of the state he's using the army againts the people. Seems like he's got power over everyone yo do as he wants so sad.

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    1. You are an idiot, Chihuahua problem is about PAN they are background this problema. PAN is not the people. PAN mean corrupción. Pinche bola de ratas

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  12. "Women are being forced to stay at home at the whims of their ABUSERS"?
    What does that mean?
    Is this a feminist propaganda article?

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    1. What a dork, you should say is this a propaganda site? Then you know the answer. Dud da

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    2. Dude,we are talking about Mexico.This shit goes on,its a patriarchal society,in this day and age?Women can be treated differently in Mexico and many other places.
      Look at,Middle East,Asian countries have you seen the shit men get away with?Even in places like the UK with "honor" killings authorities are scared to get involved in case the race issue come up.

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  13. A few men came to kill defenseless ladies, and then kill the kids too, all because of be jelous, anything goes in Mexico.

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    1. 7:21 Lookihere murky mark
      Your own brand of propaganda is real stupid, you "defend women" and accuse a whole country,
      Because "i guess anything goes" in your head, No Mames Güey!

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  14. Guy from my hometown killed his wife and almost got away with it but he was acting to strange and was very sloppy. Now he’s in jail. Unfortunately, many times the men don’t get caught.

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  15. Happens a lot on Sinaloa

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  16. "In 2019, a record-breaking 3,833 women"

    Mexicos overall murder count hit a record in 2019 with over 35.500 + around 4000 disappeared. Among those were 3,833? How do you call that other stuff that made up the 35.000+ ? This is a percentage of 10.7% and puts mexico way behind places like Ireland, Greece or Germany and Australia.

    Its just more "me, me, me, me, me". There are decapitated heads on the highway but "how are women more affected", "how can i make this about me".

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  17. Higher numbers of men are being killed at a far more alarming rate.

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  18. PS consider the source: VICE magazine. Yup, the infiltration has been slow and steady but it is finally here.

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