Break Silence on ‘Terrifying’ Femicides in Dominican …
BOGOTA, June 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The discovery of a dismembered body of a woman this week in the Dominican Republic has put the spotlight on high levels of femicides in a country where one woman has been killed every two days in June alone.
The victim was Dominga Bautista Lora, 35, whose body parts were found on Monday in a bag dumped in a ravine in the province of Sanchez Ramirez. Her suspected killer has been arrested, according to local press reports.
The wave of femicides - the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender - in the Caribbean nation is “terrifying”, said Janet Camilo, the country’s minister for women.
So far this year, 43 women have been killed in gender-based killings and six femicides have been reported this month alone, according to latest police figures, Camilo said.
“We can’t continue to protect these terrifying figures under the mantle of silence, a silence that makes us accomplices of humiliation, harassment, beatings and murders,” Camilo told reporters this week.