Several gruesome murders have already shocked the nation this year, including the death of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla, who was found brutally slain, her body skinned and missing some of its organs, and the murder of seven-year-old Fátima whose body was found inside a plastic bag, sexually abused and beaten. In early March, tens of thousands of women took to the streets demanding justice for the many victims during a mass protest marking International Women's Day. Women are being murdered in Mexico at an alarming rate, but the country’s president has downplayed the problem and slashed the budgets of agencies charged with addressing women’s issues.
Since stay-at-home measures were ordered March 23 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, there has been an increase in homicides where women are the victims. April was the deadliest month in the last five years with a record 267 murders of women. Overall, 987 women and girls were murdered in the first four months of 2020. See image below. To put things in perspective click here.