A 16 year-old’s rape and murder case has shocked Argentina and has led to huge public outcry in the capital. The victim, Lucia Perez was killed in Mar del Plata by two drug dealers. They first forced her into taking the drugs, before impaling and raping her. Perez was then killed brutally by the two men.
The incident has shocked everyone, with the prosecutor calling it as an act of inhuman sexual aggression.
Citizens of the capital Buenos Aires gathered in large numbers and chanted slogans as they marched to the presidential palace at the Plaza de Mayo square.
Braving the rain, women and children of all age gathered at Obelisk in Buenos Aires. The agenda of the demonstration is being voiced across other Latin American countries as well. The march was organised by a women’s group ‘NiUnaMenos’.
There were 275 gender-based killings of Argentine women in the past year, according to Casa del Encuentro, a women’s rights group and shelter. In 40 of those cases, women had reported attacks by men, and some even had restraining orders.
“How many more like Lucia are out there and nothing has been done?” Marta Montero, the mother of Lucia Perez was reported saying to AP.