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A woman has been stabbed to death in broad daylight, allegedly by her ex-partner in las Tapias, Córdoba.

Claudia Carrizo, 43, is the nineteenth woman to be murdered in Córdoba in 2016. This is already more women than were killed in all of 2015. From all appearances, it would seem that the usual lethal blend of machismo, possessiveness and jealousy is the immediate cause of the murder.

Carrizo took out a restraining order against her violent ex partner, local council employee Gustavo Dómini, also 43, in September. This didn’t stop him from tackling her off her motorbike and stabbing her to death on Sunday morning.

The details suggest an obsessiveness and violence that is characteristic of many femicides: according to local newspapers, Dómini patiently waited for Carrizo in a forested area near her home, in the sleepy, semi-rural town, Las Tapias. As she passed by on motorbike, he ambushed her, stabbed her multiple times and then slit her throat. He absconded and was later arrested by police in his home.

This is the second violent attack on a woman that Las Tapias, a town of some 1,300 people, has seen in the last 18 months. Last June, a 58-year-old suffered severe burns after she was beaten, doused in petrol, and set alight by her ex-partner, 71. She survived the attack.

Femicide By the Book

The murder of Carrizo follows an all too clear pattern for femicide in Córdoba, a province of some 3.5 million people in the geographical heart of Argentina.

According to a report on femicides in 2015, produced by the Córdoba Supreme Court:

6 of the 10 femicides that occurred in 2015 involved a knife. Carrizo was stabbed to death with a knife.

40 percent of woman had already reported their partner to police. Carrizo had already reported Dómini to police for a violent attack earlier in the year, and had a restraining order out against him since September.

80 percent of women who were murdered were the main caregivers for children or teenagers. Carrizo was the mother of three children (not Dómini’s).

40 percent of victims were separated from their assailant. Carrizo had split up with Dómini earlier in the year.

Six out of 10 assailants were between the ages of 41 and 60. Dómini was 43 (However, a majority of victims were between the ages of 21 and 40).

8 out of 10 femicides occurred outside of the capital city. Las Tapiales is semi-rural tourist town some 197km from the capital of Córdoba.

If 2015 was bad, with 10 official femicides (and 7 attempts), then 2016 is much worse. Already, 19 women have been killed (though it’s not clear whether all should be classed as femicide, which requires proof the woman was killed for the fact of being a woman, as opposed to homicides.)

In January, the body of 43-year-old Chilean tourist and artisan, Lorna Mateluna Sala, was found just meters from the river Quilpo, close to the small tourist town, San Marcos Sierra. According to the autopsy, she died after suffering multiple facial and head traumas. A 45-year.old man with whom she had been temporarily living was arrested as a suspect.

Lorna Mateluna Sala (Photo via El Periscopio)
Lorna Mateluna Sala (Photo via El Periscopio)

In March, 21-year-old education student, Yamila Candela Garay, was found dead, a rope around her neck, in a sand quarry. Yamila, who had participated in the Ni Una Menos march of 2015, was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend, 28-year-old hotel employee Lucas Abel Di Giovanni.

Yamila Garay (Photo via Facebook).
Yamila Garay (Photo via Facebook).

In March, the lifeless body of 26-year-old Stella Marias Tracy was discovered in a rural area in the south of Cordoba. A “humble” woman of little means, Stella had been lured there under false pretenses by her ex-partner, who then strangled her to death.

In June, Natalia Soledad Gatica, 31, decided to separate from her partner. He responded by shooting her to death with a rifle and then committing suicide.

And then there’s the other side of things. Over the weekend, also in Córdoba, a woman allegedly murdered her ex-partner after he breached the restraining order she had out against him. The woman, 50, is claimed to have killed 33-year-old Marcelino Duarte when he forced himself into her house on Saturday evening.

Femicide is a controversial topic in Córdoba, which only this June approved seven-year-old National Legislation aimed at preventing violence against women. In a Facebook post, anti-violence against women collective, Ni Una Menos Córdoba, put the blame squarely on the state: “Where is the state? What are they doing to help women who report [their partners] in small towns like Las Tapias? How many more [have to die]? How many?”