- Family members and parents protested on Monday outside Fatima’s home and her school.
- The killings have proved a politically difficult issue for the country’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
- According to official data, an average of ten women a day are killed in Mexico.
The murder of a seven-year-old girl in Mexico has fueled anger over the brutal killings of women in the country. Fatima Cecilia Aldrighett, a grade school student, was taken by a stranger from her school in the outskirts of Mexico City on February 11. Fatima’s body was found over the weekend wrapped in a bag, abandoned in a rural area and was identified by genetic testing.
Family members and parents protested on Monday outside Fatima’s home and her school. #JuticiaParaFatima, which means justice for Fatima, was tweeted 179,000 times and her name was a top global trend.
The prosecutors’ spokesperson, Ulises Lara, offered a $ 100,000 reward for information on the person who picked her up when she left school. Her cause of death has not yet been released. Five people have so far been questioned and video footage of her abduction exists.
Mexico City’s prosecutor, Ernestina Godoy, said the girl’s murder would not go unpunished. The City’s Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, personally accompanied the girl’s mother during the legal paperwork involved in filing the charges and picking up the girl’s body. “We are going to accompany the family, and justice must be done,” Sheibaum said.
Fatima’s family has accused the police and government of failing to protect the little girl. The girl’s mother, Maria Magdalena Anton, said that investigators made the family wait for hours before a missing person report was filed. “Justice has to be done, for my daughter and for all women,” Maria told the reporters. “Fatima is not with us because the protocols were not followed, because the institutions did not give attention they should have,” Sonia Lopez, the girl’s aunt said, her voice breaking with emotions. “We will not forget her,” she added.
This heinous incident follows another, whereby a 25 year-old Mexico City resident, Ingrid Escamilla, was found dead. She was stabbed to death and skinned earlier this month. Ingrid was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend. The man who is in custody purportedly confessed to killing her with a knife, mutilated her body, and flushed part of her corpse into the sewer.
An image of Ingrid’s mutilated body that was leaked by forensic workers and printed on the front page of a local newspaper sparked anger across the country. Demonstrators on Friday marched from the President’s residence to the offices of La Prensa, the newspaper that published the images. They then painted the doors and walls of the National Palace, writing “femicide state” in blood red. The protestors read a statement on Friday saying, “It enrages how Ingrid was killed, and how the media put her body on display.”
The killings have proved a politically difficult issue for the country’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who said the protests are aimed at distracting attention from his social programs, but insisted “we are working so that there won’t be any more women killings.”
According to official data, an average of ten women a day are killed in Mexico and the year 2019, the first of Lopez Obrador’s government, set an overall homicide record.