A court in Mexico has sentenced a young woman and mother who strangled her rapist to death, to six (6) years and two months in prison.
The indigenous woman was reportedly strangled a man with a T-shirt after he raped her and since her conviction by the court, there has been sparked protests and backlash in the country.
In addition to the sentence, the 23-year-old single mother was also ordered to pay more than $16,000 in restitution to the family of the man who raped her.
According NAN reports, the court acknowledged that the woman, identified as Roxana Ruiz, acted in self-defence when she killed her attacker in 2021 but said she used ‘excessive force’.
The woman, first knocked the man unconscious, then strangled him and finally tried to dismember his body.
She kept the body for at least 20 hours before putting it in a plastic bag on the street.
The court said it took into consideration the woman’s “vulnerability as a woman and as an indigenous person” in its sentencing.
“It was my life or his life,” the woman said. “I only wanted to defend my life from a rapist,” she said, adding that she acted out of fear.
However, finding signals that she can still appeal the court verdict if she wishes.
The single mother from the southern state of Oaxaca is supported by women’s organisations, saying that it is representative of Mexico’s poor record of holding accused rapists accountable.
She had already spent nine months in pre-trial detention before being released for the trial.