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By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

While Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) may continue to pooh-pooh the growing number of femicides in the country — and even the very existence of the femicide phenomenon — in 2020, at least one woman was murdered in Mexico every two and a half hours, according to a report released by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) on Monday, Jan. 25.

According to the report, which was appropriately titled “Violence against Women,” last year, a total of 3,723 mujeres were slain nationwide in violent attacks, 940 of whom were categorized as victims of femicides, or gender-based murders.

And despite Mexico’s claims that the government is working to curb the incidence of femicides, the numbers in 2020 were disturbingly similar to the corresponding figures for 2019, when 2,833 women were murdered (translating into just a 0.2 percent drop in female killings), of which only 728 were deemed femicides by the Mexican authorities, i.e., a 2.9 percent difference.

According to the SESNSP report, the Central Mexican state of Morelos had the highest per capita incidence of female murders, with 3.14 killings per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Nuevo León, Sonora and Veracruz, in that order.

The report also noted that the incidence of domestic violence in Mexico increased by 4.7 percent in 2020, compared to 2019, with a total of 220,028 reported cases, compared to 210,158 cases the year before.

The SESNSP said that reports of overall gender-based violence (including rape, assault and other acts that did not lead to death) increased by 27.4 percent in 2020 to 4,050 registered cases, up from 3,180 cases in 2019.

The Mexican per capita incidence of murder is five times greater than the global average, according to a study conducted by Semáforo Delictivo (SD), a nonprofit organization that keeps tabs on the country’s violence rates.

…Jan. 27, 2021

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