Thursday, May 28, 2020

90% of calls to report violence against women are false: López Obrador

The president ruled that the isolation that the country is experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic has translated into an increase in this type of abuse.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador affirmed this Friday that 90 percent of the calls 911 receives to report violence against women are false. “I am going to give you another piece of information, which does not mean that there is no violence against women, because I do not want them to misinterpret me. 90 percent of those calls that serve as your basis are false, it has been demonstrated,” he said when asked about the problem during his morning conference.

López Obrador added that a similar percentage has been detected in the number of calls that the Metro receives about alleged bomb threats. The president referred to the figures on a 32 percent increase in calls for intimate partner violence and 23 percent for family violence between January and March. In April, the National Healthy Distance Day began in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, which determined that only people who carry out essential activities would leave their homes and classes would be suspended. In this regard, López Obrador ruled out that this longer stay in homes is the reason for the increase in those calls. “In the house of the Mexicans there are the sons, the daughters-in-law, the grandchildren and there has always been a harmonious coexistence. Elsewhere, where this tradition does not exist, this culture, because it may be that when isolation occurs, grievances are caused, confrontation and violence. I am not saying that in Mexico there is not this confrontation, but that it is necessary to extrapolate what happens in other parts because it is a bit what happened with the neoliberal model that they applied to the letter everywhere, “he explained López Obrador reaffirmed that both Olga Sánchez Cordero, Secretary of the Interior, and Nadine Gasman, head of the National Institute of Women (Inmujeres), continue to address the issue of increasing violence against women.

According to data from the Spotlight Initiative, in Mexico there was a 22.3 percent increase in calls to 911 to report gender violence in March, amid the quarantine of the pandemic. In the country, 155 calls were registered every hour in March for various types of violence against women, according to the initiative, a global alliance of the European Union and the United Nations. In total, 115 thousand 614 calls were registered in March, compared to the 94 thousand 518 registered in February 2020. Likewise, during March 545 calls for sexual abuse were registered, while in February 466 were registered, which means an increase in 17 percent.

Source: El Financiero

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