7 women killed every day in Mexico: official figures

Source:Xinhua Published: 2015-11-24 17:53:03

An average of seven women were killed every day in Mexico during 2013 and 2014, according to figures published Monday by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

Between 2000 and 2014, 235,000 homicides were registered in the Latin American country, and 11.2 percent of the victims were women, according to INEGI.

The figures were released to coincide with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which falls on Nov. 25.

The trend for female homicides, especially murders, rose in recent years in Mexico, according to INEGI. In 2010, the number of females murdered in Mexico reached its highest level, with 126 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.

Firearms, sharp objects, hanging, suffocation and strangling were among the ways of killing women between 2000 and 2013, said INEGI.

In 2011, six out of every 10 women aged 15 and above in Mexico admitted having suffered from some sort of violence, while women aged between 30 and 39 are most exposed to violence, with 68 percent of that age group experiencing at least one episode of violence or abuse.

However, there was a gradual decrease in the number of men killed in Mexico, from 10,737 in 2000 to 9,329 in 2004. But the figures reached a peak of 27,213 in 2011 and 25,967 in 2012.

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