Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Femicide victims engaged in ‘improper activities,’ commissioner says

Femicide victims in Morelos put themselves at risk by engaging in “improper activities for a woman,” the state security commissioner said.

José Antonio Ortíz Guarneros was talking with reporters about an increase in reports of sexual harassment of women on social media and a spike in femicides. He said some of the victims were prostitutes.

When a reporter asked the commissioner to clarify what activities were improper he said, “They are engaging in the oldest profession in the world . . . .”

“Would that justify [these crimes]?” asked the reporter.

“I am not saying it’s justified, but if [women] are going to connect with people at a club it is obvious they are susceptible to being attacked when drugs and alcohol are involved. It’s not justified but it is a factor that increases the risk of being violated,” Ortíz said.

Meanwhile, the state Congress commended several businesses affiliated with the local chapter of the National Chamber for Industrial Transformation (Canacintra) that have joined forces to support women walking alone at night.

Among them are automotive dealerships and restaurants that have posted “safe place” signs, offering support to women who may feel at risk while walking in the streets. The signs invite women to enter the premises if they fear they are being followed or are victims of harassment.

Lawmaker Tania Valentina Rodríguez Ruiz quoted figures compiled by the Morelos Independent Human Rights Commission showing there were 31 femicides reported in the state in January.

Source: El Universal (sp)

Have something to say? Paid Subscribers get all access to make & read comments.
Photo of suspect seated handcuffed in police truck bed with a blurred out head

Canadian tourist attacked in downtown Mérida

A man whom authorities believe was suffering from mental problems struck the woman with an ax, but her injuries appeared not to be life-threatening.
Conductor standing in doorway of Maya Train railroad car

When will the Maya Train be completed? Another delay announced

Bridge construction on the southern part of Section 5 will avoid damage to caves, but delay the railway's completion, says AMLO.
A spider monkey next to a picture of confiscated marijuana.

Got 1 min? CDMX cops bust crime ring, seizing drugs, fake bills and…a monkey

In a security operation that led to 61 arrests this past weekend, Mexico City police found drugs, weapons, altars to Santa Muerte and an exotic primate.