Campaigners have condemned the imprisonment of a 21 year-old Mexican mother who faces 60 years behind bars for strangling a person she says raped her.
Roxana Ruiz has been in jail since Might 8 when police arrested her for the homicide of Sinai Cruz at her house in Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico.
She was charged with murder and is anticipated to seem earlier than a decide in a second courtroom listening to Tuesday. If convicted, Ruiz may spend a 30 to 60 years behind bars.
In a letter penned to the feminist collective Nos Queremo Vivas Neza, Ruiz recalled leaving the potato stand she labored on the night of the homicide and accepting an invitation for a beer from a lady who labored a close-by bar.
Ruiz mentioned she was leaving the bar when Cruz – whom she knew from visiting the enterprise – provided to stroll her to her house the place she lived along with her four-year-old son.
Roxana Ruiz (pictured) is dealing with 30 to 60 years in jail for the Might 8 homicide of Sinai Cruz, who reportedly raped her at her house in Mexico
Roxana Ruiz claims that authorities in Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, didn’t request a medical examination after he informed authorities she killed Sinai Cruz as a result of he had allegedly raped her
Upon reaching the residence, Cruz insisted that she permit him to remain the night time there as a result of he lived distant.
‘He was being cussed after we arrived. He obligated me to permit him in,’ Ruiz wrote. ‘He insisted that he lived too far, to permit him to sleep in my room, he insisted a lot that he scared me, as an fool I accepted.’
Ruiz mentioned she positioned a blanket on the ground for Cruz to sleep on. Moments later, Cruz obtained on high of Ruiz’s mattress.
‘He began to take away the garments (,) he beat me, he raped me, I used to be in shock, I simply needed to defend myself,’ she wrote.
Roxana Ruiz penned a letter after killing Sinai Cruz by which she says, ‘Perhaps I ought to have let my attacker get away with it, go away and possibly go away me useless or injured in order to not should reside what I am residing’
At one level Ruiz mentioned she struck Cruz on the nostril. As he bled, Cruz informed Ruiz, ‘now you might be actually going to die.’
Ruiz was overwhelmed however when Cruz turned distracted, she used a t-shirt and positioned it round his neck earlier than choking him to loss of life.
‘I strangled him, I felt concern, terror, I did not need him to harm anybody else, I felt lonely, denigrated, I felt nugatory, I felt it was all my fault for having trusted these folks.’
Ruiz later stuffed Cruz’s lifeless physique right into a sack and was seen abandoning it outdoors her house.
A neighbor who noticed her dumping the sack on a avenue nook earlier than a police patrol unit stopped and inspected the big bag and positioned her below arrest.
Ruiz alleges that authorities didn’t carry out a medical examination to help her declare that she had been raped.
‘They didn’t take my assertion under consideration in order that I may defend myself. My solely crime was defending myself from the person who raped me,’ Ruiz wrote. ‘Perhaps I ought to have let my attacker get away with it, go away and possibly go away me useless or injured in order to not should reside what I am residing.’
Ruiz is at present being held at jail in Xochiaca, State of Mexico.
In the meantime, Elsa Arista and different members of Nos Queremo Vivas Neza have taken cost in spreading her story in hopes of get her acquittal. The group held a protest Monday and was planning to carry one other demonstration throughout Tuesday’s trial.
‘At no time have authorities investigated this course of with a gender perspective. We’re stunned that the authority continues to work on this approach though we now have an alert,’ Arista informed El País. ‘We’re involved that those that are judging don’t take note of the context by which girls live within the State of Mexico.’
At the very least 11 girls are killed by males in Mexico, in keeping with authorities information.
Murders of ladies, labeled in Mexico as femicides, elevated by 7.1 % throughout the first 5 months of 2021 in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
‘We now have not superior as a result of there isn’t a political will from the governments. We’re not a precedence for them ”, Arisa mentioned. ‘Defending life is a proper that we train as a result of the (authorities) just isn’t guaranteeing to us.’