Lawyer: death penalty for rapists in Peru does not resolve violence against women

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LIMA (Sputnik) – The proposal to discuss the death penalty for rapists in Peru, suggested by President Martín Vizcarra, is a distracting political movement that does not propose to attack the problem from the root, the human rights specialist lawyer told Sputnik , Ana María Vidal.

“With this proposal, the Government is going to have us talking about whether we increase the penalties, if we apply a hard hand, it is a distracting formula that we have seen before, but that does not address the issue of the structural root of violence against women ( …) with a bureaucratic apparatus that does not address the problem and a strongly rooted macho culture, “said Vidal.

On March 8, the head of state affirmed that the death penalty for rapists is a measure that must be “evaluated” in the next Congress that will assume this month and whose mandate It will run until July 2021.
The lawyer, former executive secretary of the National Human Rights Coordinator, said that establishing capital punishment “implies a whole process in Congress, the debate in two Legislatures, making changes to the Constitution, in addition to leaving the contentious jurisdiction of the Court Inter-American Human Rights “, among other international human rights treaties.
He also said that the president “knows that in the new Congress it will not be possible” because of his short term and the fragmentation of his composition, with nine benches and none with a considerable majority.

Feminicides and missing women

According to data from the Ombudsman’s Office, 33 femicides have been recorded in Peru so far this year, in addition to 326 missing women and 82 attempts to femicide.
These figures reveal the seriousness of the problem that, in Vidal’s consideration, cannot be solved from the first “bottleneck” (obstacle) that is presented in the state apparatus and that is police attention.
“We have had a law since 2015 against violence against women, that law so far is not known by the Police that does not efficiently deal with rape cases in accordance with the norm,” says the specialist.

On the other hand, it considers that the death penalty does not deter the aggressor from committing the crime.

“A rapist is not going to think, at the time of committing the crime, if he is going to be punished with death penalty and if he does, I think he will most likely deal with hiding the evidence better,” Vidal added.

The lawyer also states that a justice system like Peru, full of flaws and unreliable, would not be prepared to apply a measure as drastic as capital punishment.

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