Mexican activist dies after being burned on public roads

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A Mexican defender of the rights of people with disabilities and mother of a child with autism, died after unknown individuals set her on fire in Zapopan, Jalisco state (west), the regional prosecutor’s office reported on Wednesday.

Luz Raquel Padilla, 35, died on Tuesday from the “seriousness of the injuries” caused by three men and a woman spraying alcohol on her and setting her on fire in a public garden in the town of Zapopan, the prosecutor said at a press conference. of Jalisco, Luis Joaquín Méndez, citing witnesses.

UN Women Mexico condemned on Twitter the “murder of the activist”, to whom the prosecution had granted protection measures after denouncing threats from a neighbor. Years ago, she had been the victim of aggression from her ex-partner.

The mother of an autistic child, Padilla was part of ‘I take care of Mexico’, an organization of families with experience in caring for people with disabilities. In her social networks, the victim had denounced behaviors of her neighbor, such as listening to loud music, which affected the health of her son.

The case is being investigated as a possible femicide, said the judicial entity, indicating that the neighbor was called to testify.

On May 17, Padilla published on Twitter photographs of threatening graffiti on the walls of his house. “You are going to die Lus (sic)” and “I am going to burn you alive”, the messages said. “How long am I going to have to live in fear that something could happen to me and my family, and my assailant is still wandering around the city in danger of continuing to harm me!” the woman wrote.

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, the majority belonging to 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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