14 February 2020 00:35
(CNN) The brutal killing and mutilation of a 25-year-old woman in Mexico has sparked outrage and prompted calls for a change in the country's law, after several media outlets published a leaked photograph of the victim's disfigured body on their front pages. Authorities announced Sunday that police officers arrived at a home in Mexico City over the weekend to find Ingrid Escamilla lifeless, with her body skinned and missing some of its organs--the latest incident in an ongoing string of violent crimes against women in Mexico. Leaked photos and videos have subsequently emerged showing a bloodied man apparently admitting to stabbing the woman after, what he says, was a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him, before allegedly skinning her to remove evidence. Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City's mayor, said prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator, whom police said was the woman's husband. The gruesome murder of a 25-year-old woman in Mexico has sparked outrage after the pictures of her mutilated body were published on the front page of a local newspaper.
Ingrid Escamilla was found dead by officers at an apartment in the capital, Mexico City, over the weekend. She was killed by the man she lived with, who also removed her organs and skinned parts of her body, dumping some of her organs in a sewer drain in an attempt to hide evidence of the murder. The prosecutor's office said on Tuesday it was investigating how the pictures were leaked. According to official statistics, 10 women were killed daily in Mexico in 2018, the year with the highest numbers of murders of women in three decades, while in the first nine months of 2019 there were 748 victims of femicide according to Amnesty International. Meanwhile, Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City's mayor, said prosecutors would ask for the maximum sentence for Escamilla's killer.
Her 46-year-old partner, whom local media referred to as her husband, was arrested at the scene with blood on his skin and clothes. "Ingrid Escamilla of Mexico was murdered in a terrible way and the photos of her mutilated body are circulating online. In a video circulated by Mexican media, Escamilla's partner can be heard telling police he stabbed her after an argument over his drinking. The case is the latest high-profile femicide in Mexico and has become the rallying cry for campaigns to end violence against women in a country that saw 861 women murdered in 2018 alone. Mexico City's prosecution office has begun an investigation into Escamilla's murder and into officials who were at the crime scene and are suspected of leaking the photos to Pasala, according to CNN Espanol.
According to official statistics, 10 women were murdered daily in Mexico in 2018, the year with the highest number of murders of women in three decades, while in the first nine months of 2019 there were 748 victims of femicide according to Amnesty International. Meanwhile, Claudia Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City, said prosecutors would ask for the maximum penalty for Escamilla's killer. When hate reaches the limits it reached with Ingrid Escamilla (s) it is outrageous," Sheinbaum said on Twitter. Separately, a video circulated on social networks allegedly showed a man soaked in blood telling the police that he stabbed his partner during a discussion about his alcohol consumption. Ingrid Escamilla was brutally murdered by her husband in Mexico, many people shared leaked photos of her body, so we are filling the #with her name with beautiful photos. We join the pain of brave Mexican women in relation to the terrible feminicide of #IngridEscamilla"And the 10 women killed every day in Mexico." The media are also responsible for violating Escamilla's body and privacy. A 46-year-old man from Mexico who has been arrested for the murder of his much younger lover has reportedly admitting to killing her, skinning her, removing her organs and flushing some of the remains down the toilet. Erik Francisco Robledo says he killed 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla Vargas at their apartment in Gustavo A. A video being circulated on social media shows a shirtless, blood-covered Robledo, with a bandaged head in the backseat of a police car, reportedly confessing to the crime. The suspect has reportedly claimed Escamilla Vargas had attacked him with a kitchen knife because she had wanted to kill him. Robledo reportedly called his ex-wife and admitted to murdering Escamilla Vargas, the Daily Mail reports. Mexico City prosecutor's office also said Tuesday it investigated six civil servants after leaked photos of the slain Escamilla Vargas made it onto the front page of the tabloid newspaper Pasala, which sparked outrage in the city.