Apparently, judges in Mexico get their inspiration from American activist judges.
Take the case involving former Amazon Mexico CEO Juan Carlos Garcia. In January, his wife Abril Perez Sagaon was sleeping when Garcia beat her with a baseball bat. Pictures of Perez-Sagaon were released by her daughter, Ana Cecilia showing the aftermath of the beating.
The images released show her with her face swollen and blood soaked. After the assault, Garcia was taken into custody. However last month, a judge downgraded the charge to domestic violence, and he was released.
The same judge who freed Garcia is already under examination for a decision he made in another incident. In that case, a doctor who was accused of raping a female patient was released, however the judge insisted that the evidence in that case was insufficient.
On Nov. 25 Perez-Sagaon was in Mexico City for a court hearing when she was fatally shot by a motorcyclist. Nobody has been arrested in the case; however her family believes that Garcia is responsible. They claim that he had arranged the assassination of his wife.
A relative told El Pais, a Mexican newspaper, “He has enough money to hire a hitman. We have no doubt it was him.
Garcia is considered by law enforcement authorities to be a primary suspect in the murder. He left is position at Amazon in 2017.
For her part, Cecilia was distraught over the death of her mother.
“These images I shared hurt me, they remind me of the injustices experienced by the woman I loved most,” she posted on Twitter. “Imagine waking up in the early morning by the screams of your mother screaming for her life. Imagine getting up to see the beautiful face of your bloody mother thanks to the criminal you once called dad.”
She continued, “I hesitated to share them, I know nobody wants to see that, but after all…they are images that represent wat is lived day by day in this country by thousands of women.”
According to the Daily Mail, Perez-Sagaon was shot in the head and neck by the man on the motorcycle, who fired through the passenger-side window. She was being driven through Mexico City, along with her lawyer and two of her children. The other occupants of the car were not injured.
Perez Sagaon was in Mexico City attempting to get custody of her children and was also appealing a ruling to prove that Garcia had attempted to kill her. She was also seeking a psychological evaluation that she felt would have helped her case.
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A family member, who asked not to be identified in a phone interview, stated that Garcia’s lawyers were informed she was in the city, so it was possible he knew she was there.
The family member said, “The attack was totally directed at her. Ant the only enemy she had in her life was him.”
Garcia has gone missing after the murder.
The case has drawn nationwide interest in Mexico. According to data cited by El Pais, 10 women are killed in Mexico every day, with eight out of ten murders going unsolved.
Women’s rights activists in Mexico have coined the term “femicide” in order to give the epidemic of female homicides more visibility, and to ensure sentences fit the crimes.
Ironically, Ms. Perez was killed on the same date that the United Nations has designated as “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Numerous events were held across Mexico even before news of this incident became public.
— Jorge Téllez (@novohispano) November 28, 2019
According to the BBC, Mexico is not alone. In France, the government has announced a multitude of measures to protect women from domestic violence. Other countries in Europe have also been enacting similar protections.
According to Viviana Waisman from Women’s Link Worldwide, violence against women cannot be simplified merely by numbers.
“Violence against women is an issue that transcends borders, class, and socio-economic status. It impacts women and girls in all societies. There may be more or less stigma about talking about it in certain societies, but it is present in all societies,” she said.
Finland, which has some progressive laws where it concerns gender equality also has one of the highest domestic murder rates in the European Union, according to the BBC.
“In Nordic countries, women’s equal rights are protected in the public sphere but not in the private sphere,” said Paivi Naskall, a professor of Gender Studies at the University of Lapland.
Women’s rights groups of course believe throwing more money at the problem is needed to fight the onslaught of domestic violence. Others however believe education is a better way to attack the issue.
For example, teenage girls need to understand whether someone is being “passionate or aggressive.” They also say, “It’s important for teenagers to understand what a healthy relationship looks like.”
Whatever the cause, it seems to be an issue not just in Mexico, but on a much larger scale.
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