Death of a law student still unsolvedIt focuses on the puzzling issues of the judiciary and the media dealing with the case, as well as the dangers facing Mexican women.
It’s been three weeks since the body of an 18-year-old boy was found on the outskirts of northern Monterrey, but everything from the accident to the murder remains open.
So far, the prosecution only confirmed that Mr. A died after being hit in the head 12 days after he disappeared while attending a party and was found in a motel water tank.
Investigators visited the scene four times before finding the body of a law student.
The office of the Attorney General in the northern province of Nuevo Leon, whose capital is Monterrey, has fired two prosecutors on charges of “error” and “missing” in a case that shocked the country.
“There is a lot of evidence that Devani was murdered,” said her father Mario Escobar, who arranged a private autopsy. He is due to meet with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday.
The night she died, Escobar got into an argument with the driver who got out of the taxi after a party. Her driver took a picture of her standing alone on her side of the road at night.
He denies any involvement in her death.
“It is becoming a media spectacle”
Theories about the teen’s fate have spread through social networks and some media outlets, through videos released or leaked by prosecutors.
The video surveillance footage shows Escobar arguing with a man, leaving the party, and walking alone until he arrives at the motel.
Her brief look through the dining room window is her last living image.
The video has been shown repeatedly on news and talk shows, one of which claimed that a psychic had contact with Escobar in an afterlife.
“It’s becoming a press release,” said Christian Ascencio, a sociologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
He said the pressure on prosecutors risks “faking the guilty party.”
This report upset Escobar’s mother, Dolores Bazaldua.
“I’ve been told things like ‘She was a drug addict. She bought vodka’. Unfortunately, she didn’t come here to defend herself.” said Bazaldua.
Andres Vidal, professor of political science at UNAM, said Escobar’s apparently repeated broadcasts of images, including purchases of alcohol, sacrificed her again and meant the media’s ethical decline.
Mexico’s parliament is considering a bill that would make leaking information about victims a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
“Women think the same thing can happen to them.”
Psychosocial support expert Valeria Moscoso sees a pattern in the case of Escobar et al.
“There are repeated risks of indolence, limited investigative powers, criminalization of victims and the risk of impunity,” she said.
According to prosecutors, there have been 56 murders of women in Nuevo Leon this year, 42 of them classified as murders.
As of 2022, about 300 women have been missing from the state, of which 90% have been found alive.
Last month, Nuevo Leon governor Samuel Garcia said he would increase funds and resources to help fight sexual violence.
“We are working very hard to address the cause of this problem, and I will make it clear. To the rapists and the perpetrators of the murder of women, and to all those who have hurt the women of Nuevo Leon, we will find them and punish them. I know. To the extent permitted by law.” Garcia in a Facebook post.
The problem escalates across Mexico, where there were 3,751 murders of women in 2021, most of them still going unpunished.
Nearly 100,000 people have gone missing across the country, mostly since 2006, when troops were deployed to fight drug wars, creating a whirlwind of violence.
Escobar’s death provoked unusually intense media attention in Mexico, where a woman-killing crisis dating back to the 1990s particularly affected poor women, many of whom were murdered by their partners.
Ascencio said the outcry surrounding the incident has led to the killing of women “closer to a more privileged sector of society with more media and political influence, who are considered less likely to experience this violence.”
“I think the same can happen to a lot of women because they go out with their friends or take taxis,” he added.
last month,Passed through downtown and suburbs of Mexico City to protest Escobar’s death.
The marchers shouted “Justice, Justice!” And they put up a banner saying “24,000 people are missing” about the missing woman. Across Mexico, the number of missing persons of all genders has risen to over 100,000.