La Paz, Dec 1 (EFE) .- A total of 101 women were victims of femicide between January and November 2021 in Bolivia, which also reported 40 infanticides in that period, the State Attorney General’s Office reported on Wednesday.
The data correspond to the period between January 1 and November 30, said the State Attorney General, Juan Lanchipa, cited in a statement from the Public Ministry.
“We have registered 101 cases of femicide throughout the country. In the 2020 administration we had 113 cases at the end, we hope we will not reach that dramatic figure from last year,” said Lanchipa.
The regions of La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, the most populated in the country and that constitute the so-called “central axis”, registered the highest number of femicides, with 39, 16 and 15, respectively, according to the report of the Prosecutor’s Office.
The Andean region of Potosí reported another 10 cases, Oruro had 9, Chuquisaca 5, Beni 3, Tarija 3 and Pando one, according to the same source.
The most recent case was reported on November 29 in the city of El Alto, neighboring La Paz, where a 44-year-old woman died of “bronchoaspiration, injury to upper brain centers, closed head and facial trauma caused by multiple blows to the head and the face “, indicated the Office of the Prosecutor.
The main suspect is his partner, who was apprehended.
As for infanticides, Lanchipa regretted that so far 40 cases had been registered and recalled that last year 51 were reported.
“We hope that we do not achieve those figures that concern the entire society in terms of extreme violence linked to infanticide and femicide,” said the prosecutor.
By regions, La Paz registered 14 infanticides, Potosí had 8, Chuquisaca 7, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba 4 each, there were two in Tarija, one in Beni and Oruro and Pando did not report any, the Public Ministry report details.
The most recent event occurred on November 20 in the municipality of Guanay, in the north of La Paz, where a vehicle accident uncovered the violent death of a three-year-old girl.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the vehicle in which the minor was traveling with her mother and stepfather collapsed and fell into a river, and the girl was swept away by the waters.
However, when the body was recovered, the autopsy determined that the causes of death of the little girl were “injuries of higher nervous centers, cerebral edema and closed head trauma” and that the date of death does not coincide with the date of the accident, for what the investigation was expanded.
Another event that shocked recently was the case of a nine-year-old boy who was burned by his own mother for allegedly asking for food.
The minor is hospitalized, while the mother, who already has a history of domestic violence, was sent preventively to prison in La Paz accused of the crime of attempted infanticide.