The three minor children, who witnessed the crime, were found "in a bed, embracing and protecting each other"
Dozens of residents of Tarancón (Cuenca) attended this Tuesday the concentration called by the city council of this town of 15,000 inhabitants to condemn the violent death of Ouardia, the 43-year-old woman of Moroccan origin, who was murdered on Monday by her partner , 38, also Moroccan, in the presence of her three children, ages 5, 4 and 2.
Ouardia had denounced him in 2019 for very serious death threats. The case came to be described as "of special relevance and extreme risk" by the Comprehensive Monitoring System in Cases of Gender Violence (VioGén) of the Ministry of the Interior, since there was a history of violence on the part of the man: he attacked her when she was pregnant with five months of her last child.
However, last March he was acquitted in a trial of the accusation of mistreatment and the protection order that the woman had was inactive because the police reports did not appreciate an alert situation. According to the Minister of Equality of the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Blanca Fernández, "he was acquitted because there was no evidence, but the problem is that one hundred percent of the victims are not protected and sometimes people who are guilty are not sentenced, as was this case. That is why it is outrageous that the accent is placed on false accusations when these accusations are a minority.
The children, witnesses of the crime
Ouardia and her partner then resumed their relationship that ended tragically last Monday with the woman stabbed by the man, who minutes later turned herself in at the Tarancón Civil Guard barracks. His three children witnessed the events and the Civil Guard agents found them "in a bed, embracing and protecting each other", stressed the Minister of the Castilian-La Mancha Government whose social services have taken charge of the guardianship of the little ones while look for close relatives or a host family. “We are going to treat them with exquisite care, not only because of the orphan aid they are going to receive, but also because they will receive psychological attention if they need it for having had to witness the murder of their mother,” added the Minister of Equality, who has also requested a inform the Tarancón Women's Center of which the victim was a user.
Precisely, the director of the Women's Institute of Castilla-La Mancha, Pilar Callado, attended the concentration called in Tarancón on Tuesday to condemn what happened. During the act, the mayor, José Manuel López Carrizo, indicated that "it is unacceptable that in a democratic society women are murdered and that they live in fear and threats." "We must condemn sexist violence and express our solidarity with Ouardia's family and our concern about the increase in murders of women at the hands of their partners or ex-partners," said the mayor.
Kaltoum, a representative of the Muslim community of Tarancón, also took the floor, who remembered Ouardia as "a very beautiful woman inside and out who only cared about working for the future of her children but now a monster has taken her life and dreams. "No one deserves such a death," stressed Kaltoum, who wished the murderer "that he stay in prison all his life because no one has the right to take anyone's life" and ventured that "her children will have the life she wanted."