Pregnant 14-Year-Old’s Murder Ignites Protests In Argentina

by
Amna Shoaib
After 14-year-old Chiara Paez was murdered by her boyfriend, Argentines decided they will not tolerate another incident of violence against women.

Chiara Paez was a regular, albeit quite a popular, Argentine teenager.

 

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She took selfies with family, friends, and like many other girls her age, had an ever-ready smile for the camera.

Chiara Paez

Chiara, Pregnant schoolgirl found dead

At 14, she won a place on her school’s field hockey team.

Chiara Paez Pregnant schoolgirl

So when this cheerful girl went missing in the beginning of May, everyone who knew her was baffled.

Chiara Paez photos

Her family, friends and boyfriend Manuel Mansilla, whom she had been dating for a couple of months, set out to look for her.

Chiara Paez selfies

Chiara’s body was eventually found in Mansilla’s backyard. She had been beaten before her death.

Reports also revealed that Chiara was pregnant at the time of her death. Traces of abortion drugs were also found in her body and her murder reportedly came about after an argument with Mansilla regarding her pregnancy.

Mansilla has since confessed to her murder.

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“She is a big girl, physically, a height of 1.70m (5’6) and weighing 70 kg (150 lbs.),” Chiara’s father said. “It’s impossible that he [Manuel] had done this alone.”

Mansilla’s mother and her partner have also been arrested as accomplices to murder.

Chiara's murder has ignited a discourse on Argentina’s femicide, murder of women because of their gender, which stand at a staggering 1,800 from 2008-14.

The #NiUnaMenos march in pictures

Human rights’organizations, under the motto "Ni Una Menos" or "Not One Less," have rallied for justice and an end to a mentality that devastates women.

Murder of 14-year-old girl sparks massive protests condemning violence against women

More than 200,000 campaigners protested outside Congress in Buenos Aires.

Massive Demonstration in Argentina

Football star Lionel Messi has also shown support for the campaign on Facebook.

#NiUnaMenos

Femicide, no more.

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