Hiding Under the Bed Is Not the Answer

State-Sanctioned Violence Against Women

Jovita Martínez García, from the village Pensamiento Liberal Mexicano in Oaxaca, Mexico is 20. She is currently in prison charged with negligent homicide in case of the death of her newborn baby last year.

Her case illustrates how the state aids and abets violence against woman. Jovita’s partner, Salvador Julián López, was abusive and violent prior to the birth. He took the child from her arms and murdered her as mother and baby were leaving hospital. Jovita is charged with not doing anything to prevent this. No allowance is being made for the fact that she was postpartum from a Caesarian section and thus unable to walk properly let alone fend off a man who had a history of violence towards her.

Jovita has been in prison since June 2013. There is a petition calling for her immediate release on Avaaz. I urge all you to sign.

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