A 25-year-old woman was brutally murdered and skinned in Mexico. Then newspapers published photos of the body
The brutal killing and mutilation of a 25-year-old woman in Mexico has sparked outrage and prompted calls for a change in the country’s law after several media outlets published a leaked photograph of the victim’s disfigured body on their front pages.
Authorities announced Sunday that police officers arrived at a home in Mexico City over the weekend to find Ingrid Escamilla lifeless, with her body skinned and missing some of its organs — the latest incident in an ongoing string of violent crimes against women in Mexico.
A 46-year-old man covered in bloodstains was also at the scene and was arrested. Leaked photos and videos have subsequently emerged showing a bloodied man apparently admitting to stabbing the woman after, what he says, was a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him, before allegedly skinning her to remove evidence. CNN has been unable to determine whether the man has legal representation.
Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City’s mayor, said prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator, whom police said was the woman’s husband.
“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote on Twitter.
But the outrage over the gruesome case escalated after local tabloids and digital news websites posted extremely graphic, leaked photographs of the victim’s body. One of the papers, Pasala, showed the photos on its front page alongside the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” CNN has contacted Pasala for comment.
The publication prompted fury from activists in the country, who have been pouring onto the streets in recent months demanding a change in the way cases of violence against women are handled and reported.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been critical of the media’s response to the killing.
The Mexico City prosecutor’s office is meanwhile investigating civil servants over the leak and is considering making it a crime to distribute images of victims, it said in a statement.
López Obrador told a press conference on Thursday that the person responsible for leaking the images should be reprimanded. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he said.
Femicides — the killing of women on account of their gender — have risen in Mexico in recent years; 1,006 cases were reported in 2019, compared with 912 the year before. Read more