May 14, 2021

President of Peru does not rule out assessing death penalty for rapists

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra said on Sunday, which marks International Women’s Day, that his Government does not rule out assessing the death penalty for sexual rapists.

“We have to evaluate it. The issue is a normative change that goes through Congress. On Monday we will have a meeting with congressmen from four benches. We will analyze, but a measure will not solve the problem,” he said. journalists, in their visit to a fair of products made by women.


The president also made a mea culpa as a Government and said that “much remains to be done” to combat violence against women, which represents “one of the main problems of society.”

He indicated that the actions implemented by his management have not been sufficient and that it is necessary to do “much more” to achieve the change that not only allows women to live without fear, but also occupies “their role in society.”

Vizcarra also referred to the murder of a four-year-old girl, who was kidnapped and victim of sexual violence by a child under 15, last week.

“The murder of a girl is a strong call for attention to us as a Government, as a society, so that we change and put many more efforts to change this situation,” he said.


In that line, he said that some change in the sanctions or convictions of these crimes, committed by minors, will be in the hands of the new legislative period that will begin in the coming days.

“It is necessary to see how much the change of norm influences, because several changes of norm have been made, but we see that violence against women and feminicides still does not diminish,” Vizcarra said.

In that sense, he said that his Government will work more intensely in education, in homes, in universities, to change the “macho and patriarchal” society.

According to figures from the Ombudsman’s Office, so far in 2020, 33 feminicides, 82 attempts at femicides and 326 disappearances of women have already been registered in Peru.


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