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Bolivia reports 35 femicides and eight child’s murders

Bolivia reports 35 femicides and eight child’s murders

La Paz, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia reported 35 femicides from January to April 19, according to the Specialized Prosecutor's Office for Crimes against Life and Personal Integrity.

The director of the institution, Sergio Fajardo, informed that the last two incidents were perpetrated in the departments of Santa Cruz and La Paz, while in the country, eight child’s murders were committed in this period.

Meanwhile, at the end of the first quarter of the year, the Prosecutor’s Office confirmed 31 cases of femicides and five child’s murders at the national level, while the nation ended 2020 with at least 113 women who were killed as a result of men’s violence.

Legally, Bolivia has in force -since 2013- a law that protects women from all types of violence and punishes femicides with thirty years in prison, the maximum penalty in Bolivian law.

However, the constant complaints by feminist organizations is that the regulation is not fully complied with due to lack of resources and specialized personnel.

Currently, Bill 348, which regulates this issue, is in the process of being reformed in order to, according to the government, effectively guarantee women a life free of violence and the full exercise of their rights.


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