Endless violence: more than 380 femicides in the last 30 months



Rosa Luz Huerta Soto was 25 years old and the mother of a 3-year-old boy, the product of a romance she had in high school. She lived in Ventanilla and did everything to support her son. She worked as a perfume saleswoman on Facebook and it was through this social network that she met Christian Jhon Rojas Mego, a police lieutenant of the same age.

At first everything was happy. However, problems arose as a couple at the beginning of this year and they separated. On March 10, Rosa Luz filed a complaint for physical and psychological abuse and the kidnapping of her firstborn.

Willing to get back with her, the young officer signed an affidavit in which he accepted that he made a mistake and that he did it all to resume his relationship with Rosa Luz. She had blocked him but he began to harass her. The worst was yet to come.

The dawn of the On June 16th she was found deadChristian had planned everything to eliminate her.

In Peru, gender violence continues to be a worrying reality. According to a recent report by the Homicide Division, in the last two and a half years, 387 women were victims of femicide.

This unit revealed alarming figures that show the increase in cases of murders of women, with the aggressors being mainly partners or ex-partners of the victims.

Alarming figures

According to official data accessed by La República, this year, only between January and July 1, there have already been 87 femicides. According to the police, 51 women were killed by their partners, 23 were not in a relationship and in 6 cases they were in a family relationship.

In January, 18 women were killed, in February 15, March 9, April 24, May 14, June 6 and 1 in July. Fifteen of these cases were committed in public, 6 in the homes of both, 22 in the home of the victim, 7 in that of the aggressor.

The association ‘Families United for Justice: Relatives of Victims of Femicide’ closed on June 30 with 86 women murdered in the context of this crime. That is, in Peru, every two days a woman is murdered.

Among the most notorious cases committed in that month was that of the motorcycle taxi driver Abel Antonio Chilipo Huamán, who murdered and dismembered his ex-partner Geydy Lizbeth Peña Lázaro, in Mala.

The figures for femicides are shocking. In 2022, 130 femicides were committedOf these, 72 were committed by their partner, 31 by their ex-partners and in 27 cases they had no romantic connection.

The issue is visible, there is a Ministry for Women, a Women’s Emergency Center, a Panic Button, and there is also awareness of the importance of reporting and of not tolerating violence. However, femicides continue. Why are these crimes not decreasing?

Last year, the number rose to 170. In this case, 124 crimes were committed by their partners, 38 by their ex-partners and 8 had no ties. It was shown that 71 victims were between 18 and 29 years old and 84 of them were between 30 and 59 years old.

They deserve a dignified life

“We cannot allow these cases to continue to increase because behind each number there is a woman who deserves a dignified life free of violence,” said Sandy Evangelista Loa, one of the founders of Families United for Justice.

The term femicide was first used by Diane Russell at the Brussels Tribunal for Crimes against Women in 1976. It is one of the most extreme forms of violence against women committed by a man, because she is a woman, both in the public and private spheres.

“We live in societies with an established rape culture that continues to repeat abuse, machismo and gender violence. Victims are often re-victimized during a process that should be about protection and response,” said the psychiatrist, Carlos Bromley.

The former Ombudsman, Eliane Revollar, She points out that access to justice remains a concern, as well as how to continue working to break down the gender stereotypes that the prevention and response system continues to reproduce. It is important to understand that institutional violence also exists. “There is still a long way to go to achieve real equality for women,” she said.

THERE IS A SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM

Femicide poses a profound challenge to the mental health of the population. The specialist in psychiatry and gender violence issues, Dr. Liliana Quispe Calderón, says that this is a social problem that affects many people. According to the ENDES 2021 survey, 54.9% of women were victims of violence at some point by their husband or partner. Now, this issue goes beyond the number. We must delve deeper into identifying disorders that can further aggravate violence, such as the increase in alcohol and other drugs, but above all, we must understand that violence against women has an idiosyncratic background based on patriarchal models that reinforce gender stereotypes.

MOST WANTED

FEMINICIDES

Alberto Canto Balbin,
reward S/50,000
Richard Bermeo RomanS/30,000
John Romero SalcedoS/30,000
Anthony Haro SaavedraS/30,000
Esquivel Ramirez Granados S/30,000
Tito Humberto Cueva Rodriguez S/30,000

FOR ATTEMPTED FEMINICIDE

Ademar Silva Silva
Jose Luis Cayo Asqui
.Adriano Pozo Arias

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