Five women found dead in violent Mexican state

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Five women have been found dead in a central Mexican state hit by a wave of violent crimes against women, local authorities said on Friday.

Their bodies were found Friday morning in the town of Cuautla, Morelos, which borders Mexico City. The women were likely killed in disputes related to organized crime, Morelos Attorney General Uriel Carmona told the Milenio news network.

Three of the bodies were in bags with a message from a gang leader saying the killings were carried out against another gang. The other two bodies, one of a trans woman, were described as showing the hallmarks of gang killings, Carmona added.

The news comes after Morelos and Mexico City began investigating the fate of Ariadna Fernanda Lopez, a 27-year-old woman who was last seen alive Sunday night in Mexico City and was found dead on a highway also in Morelos. Monday.

Carmona told a news conference that an initial autopsy showed Lopez’s death was caused by alcohol poisoning.

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Authorities are still investigating the circumstances of the discovery of his body in Morelos, his office said.

On average, 10 women a day are killed in Mexico, and Morelos recorded the third highest rate of femicide in the country between January and September this year, according to official data.

Mexico’s Senate this week approved anti-violence measures that could impose prison sentences of 22 years for acid attacks against women, and up to five years for sexual harassment. The measures still require the approval of the lower house.

(Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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