In December, we brought you the news that one woman had been murdered in Argentina every 24 hours. In October, we thought things couldn’t get any worse, with a femicide occurring every 19 hours. Tragically it appears that saying we had hit our lowest point was wishful thinking.
A new study, published by the Wanda Taddei Gender Policy Institute late last night, has revealed that in the first 43 days of 2017, there have been 57 femicides in total. That equates to one every 18 hours.
The institute’s president, Dr Julio Torrada, also spoke on Radio Continental on Wednesday and asserted that the number of ‘related femicides’ – in which friends or family are also targeted or killed as collateral damage during a femicide – have been growing by 25 percent each year.
“In most cases, the aggressor does not kill at random or all of a sudden. Over a period of time, he plans to kill the woman and the other victims,” Torrada explained during the interview.
Torrada also took the opportunity to remind the station’s audience of what he referred to as the “collateral victims”, the hundreds of children left without mothers as a result of femicides in Argentina during 2016. “Seeing the passivity, and lack of presence and action from the State, one wonders what will come of these children’s lives if they are given no monitoring, follow ups or support,” he said.
Torrada’s explanations were, of course, in the wake of the tragedy that occurred the previous weekend in Hurlingham, in which a man murdered his partner, five of her family members and an unborn baby. Since the interview, however, Argentina has seen another ‘related femicide’ as well as several single incidences. According to TN, in the last three days alone, four femicides have been registered.
In the early hours of Saturday morning this weekend, in what has been dubbed the “Florencio Varela massacre,” two teenage girls were murdered and another two are still in hospital after a man shot them at point blank range outside a club.
The link between 17-year-old Denise Juárez and the suspect, Luis Esteban Weiman, is still unclear: there has been some speculation in the media that Denise broke up with her killer three months ago, while her family have claimed that he had been stalking her with no prior relationship.
Denise died immediately alongside her best friend Sabrina Barrientos (16). Two of their friends, Némesis (15) and Magalí (16), have been reported as being in a “stable” condition in a nearby hospital.
- Images of the murder were published online with some level of controversy, though the argument for needing something to break through reader fatigue is one worth investigating.
Police are now investigating the possibility of a second suspect involved in the case. Three witnesses of the crime informed the authorities that another man, between the ages of 30 and 35, was present for the murders, and CCTV footage from outside the club has now confirmed that the second man fled the scene after the incident took place.
Meanwhile, as residents of Buenos Aires were left still reeling from this terrible tragedy, news arrived the next day that a woman had been killed by her partner in her own bedroom in Villa Fiorito, Buenos Aires, at around 4am on Sunday morning. The man was arrested within a few hours. He had left the bloody murder weapon beside the bed in which the victim lay dead to be found later by one of her daughters.
The onslaught of these crimes continues. This morning, a man murdered his wife in Moreno and fled with their 3-year-old daughter. According to Télam, the killer who has history of domestic violence on record, slit 42-year-old Nancy Ibáñez’s throat early this morning.
The suspect, Sebastián Galván, confessed to the crime before he bolted with the young child. “I need money, I messed up, I killed Nancy,” he told one of his colleagues.
Galván has now been arrested, and 3-year-old Mia has now been found alive and well. She will, of course, be added to that long list of “collateral victims” of femicides to which Dr. Torrada referred, tragically and so unjustly left without her mother.