Last February, Iván Escamilla was murdered in Mexico City by his partner Érica Francisca, when she lost her sanity after Escamilla allegedly wanted to “talk” about the problem of substance abuse that she had presented for years.
The couple shared a home and had been in a relationship for five years and there is no known altercation prior to the one that led to Ivan’s death. However, the defendant’s ex-partner would have mentioned in the past that the woman was dangerous and “was crazy,” the motive is unknown so far.
According to the police report, the killer was found kneeling in front of the mutilated and flayed body of her victim when they arrived at the scene.
He allegedly stabbed Escamilla repeatedly in the neck and chest until he died, and subsequently tried to dispose of the remains by tearing up the body, removing various internal organs and pieces of skin with a kitchen knife, which he tried to dispose of down the toilet and later by a nearby sewer. She later claimed that she was “scared and sorry” and that “the devil had got hold of her.”
The crime investigators released the images of the remains andseveral newspapers published them on the front page, creating a social response that used them to outwit and blame the victim for “wanting to control the woman.” The defendant is currently on preventive surveillance.
This is just one of thousands of murders against men that occur around the world, a type of crime that has increased by 137% in the last five years in Mexico. And yet the lack of follow-up in the media is conspicuous by its absence.
Cases of violence of this type are normalizing due to their repetition rate. It is estimated that in the State of Mexico only from the 90s until today there will have been about 50,000 hate murders against men, but it is considered that the majority are not reported or do not reach the media.
Hate crimes with violence can touch us more closely. The most recent case occurred a few days ago with the trial against the murderer of Neyo, a boy from Huesca with apparent concentration problems who found it difficult to do his homework.
This is supposedly the reason why the aggressor beat him, which, according to the other two nephews, also victims of torture and humiliation, lasted twelve hours. The eight-year-old boy and his cousins were spending the summer at his grandmother-in-law’s house, where the accused resided. She filmed them during the physical and psychological torture that was later shared on social networks.
In Spain, 33 men have already died as victims of hate crimes in 2020 alone and 1,066 since 2003 when it began to be counted. Parties like VOX have taken to the streets together with various men’s associations to protest the lack of attention from the government and the media, and they seek to categorize the situation as a “top priority.”
Parties with feminist tendencies oppose this series of activities claiming that what is sought is to victimize men for free and criminalize half the population for their sex when statistics show that violence against men it is minimal and does not deserve that the parties get
The government has declared it to be an “isolated tragedy” and a minute’s silence has been observed in parliament, but no further action is expected from the authorities