Argentinian Women Protest Over Fatal Rape of 16-Year-Old Lucia Perez

Lucia Perez
Lucia Perez is believed to have been abducted outside her school in Mar del Plata, a city 260 miles south of capital Buenos Aires, on October 8. Activists are calling for a 'black Wednesday' of protest over the teenager's murder. Public Domain

Women across Argentina are coming together in mass protest over the horrific rape and murder of a teenage girl.

Lucia Perez, 16, died earlier this month in the city of Mar del Plata, the BBC reports. Two men who left her at a hospital said she overdosed on drugs. But doctors found evidence she had been subjected to extreme sexual violence.

A march is planned for 5 p.m. local time (8 p.m. GMT) in Buenos Aires on Wednesday after some 50 activist groups called on women to wear black and leave their places of work for an hour at midday (2 p.m. GMT) to protest the case, one in a recent spate of violent acts against women.

The cruelty of the attack on Perez was such that the 16-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest according to prosecutor Maria Isabel Sanchez, who described it as "an act of inhuman sexual aggression."

Perez is believed to have been abducted outside her school in Mar del Plata, a city 260 miles south of capital Buenos Aires, on October 8.

Doctors found she had been drugged, repeatedly raped and penetrated with an additional object. Two men have been arrested over the incident.

The schoolgirl's murder is the latest in a sequence of "femicides"—crimes against women usually committed by husbands, boyfriends, family members or acquaintances. In more than one case, the woman has been set on fire by her partner.

Argentina adopted an anti-femicide law in 2012, though instances still numbered in their hundreds by 2015. A number of killings, including several teenage victims, prompted thousands of women to take to the streets in protest that year.

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