Rachel Padillaa Mexican defender of the rights of people with disabilities, died after unknown individuals set her on fire in the state of Jalisco (western Mexico), the regional prosecutor’s office reported Wednesday.
Rachel Padilla 35, passed away Tuesday morning. “seriousness of the injuries” caused by three men and a woman by spraying alcohol on him and setting him on fire in a public garden in the town of Zapopansaid at a press conference the prosecutor of JaliscoLuis Joaquín Méndez, citing witnesses.
UN Women Mexico condemned this Wednesday on Twitter the “murder of the activist”, to whom the prosecution had granted protection measures after denouncing threats from a neighbor. Years ago, Padilla had also been the victim of aggression from her ex-partner. The case is being investigated as a possible femicidesaid the judicial entity, indicating that the neighbor was called to testify.
Mother of an autistic child, Padilla was part of Yo Cuido México, an organization of families with experience in caring for people with disabilities. In their social networks, the victim had denounced some behavior of her neighbor, such as listening to loud music, which affected her son’s health. On May 17, she also posted on Twitter photographs of threatening graffiti on the walls of her home. “You are going to die Lus (sic)” and “I am going to burn you alive”, the messages said.
“How long will I have to live in fear that something might happen to me and my family, and my aggressor is still wandering around the city with the danger of continuing to harm!” the woman wrote next to those images.
With burns over 90% of her body, Padilla was taken to a hospital in Guadalajara, where she died on Tuesday.
The son was left in the custody of his grandmother, whom the Jalisco government promised to support with child support, the prosecutor said. Between January and June, the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System registered 493 femicides throughout the country, 17 of which occurred in Jalisco.
In Mexico An average of 10 women are murdered daily, according to official figures, most of them from poor sectors. Many of these cases correspond to gender violence.
In addition, this year at least 43 people have been lynched and 173 injured in mob attacks, according to a report by the National Human Rights Commission.
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