Odalis. When was the theory of femicide discarded?

Her family believes that it was not a suicide

By Maria Jose Puente


On Sunday, March 11, the body of a 16-year-old girl hanging on a railing near the Railway Museum shocked San Luis Potosí. A series of crude images of the scene circulated like virus in profiles of social networks without indication of censorship.

The first response from the authorities, as well as the not very sensitive handling of information in electronic media, stoked the debate about the causes of the death of the young woman; some voices contradicted the preliminary part of the General Prosecutor’s Office, where suicide was profiled as the main line of investigation, giving little leeway to a femicidal scenario.

On the other hand, during the press conference organized by the Prosecutor’s Office weekly, Deputy Attorney Aaron Edmundo Castro Sánchez reiterated the line of the unit regarding the investigation of the case and evaded confirming if it was carried out with feminicide protocol, as indicated the law.

“To what has been reported by the experts, we found no evidence of the participation of another person”, said Castro and continued saying that “we do not want to prejudge or advance if it is an event that we have not corroborated precisely but the data up the moment point to a possibility that she she took her life”, he contradicted.

—But so far is investigated as femicide …—a reporter asked.

“They are investigated, uhmmm, that is no, it is not a fact to investigate, it is a cause, it is a fac… it is a cause … it is a death that is not natural”, stammered the deputy attorney and added that “therefore we it forces to exhaust all the investigation that is possible to be able to properly clarify the fact”.

Despite his hasty explanation, the official could not say flatly if the Prosecutor’s Office investigates the death of the adolescent with the feminicide protocol, which suggests that this is not the case and the dependency contravenes the Law.

The investigation protocol of the crime of femicide, in chapter V, corresponding to the Procedures of Action, indicates that the personnel of the Attorney’s Office shall “carry out in an enunciative, but not limitative manner”, such as requesting the diligence of an expert to determine, among other things, if the wounds are “criminal, suicidal or accidental”.

Moreover, the protocol states that the Attorney General’s Office, now the Public Prosecutor’s Office, must “establish specific technical procedures for the investigation of the crime of femicide and, where appropriate, any violent death of women until such time as the commission of the crime of femicide”.

“It was not a suicide”

In social networks, both relatives of Odalis and civil society organizations have begun a movement that, more than another fund, aims to pressure state authorities to clarify the death of the girl based on the probable theory of femicide and not suicide until clarify the case.

The resentment citizen is founded. In previous occasions, local and even national media have shown the official tendency to make up femicide figures in order to avoid increasing their statistics and, in the process, avoid pointing out omissions in the prevention, combat and eradication of femicidal violence in entities that are a red focus; for example, San Luis Potosí.

In the capital of the state, the collective Mobilization Vivas Nos Queremos placed an altar in the place where the body of the girl was found with legends like the following:
“Odalys Hipólito We name you! It was not suicide, it was femicide. “

The initiative of the women from San Luis Potosí after this movement, gained strength and became the subject of debate in social networks. Even in the profiles of the young woman’s family, the collective images accompany support calls: “today for me, tomorrow for you”.

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