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Newspaper publishes photos of brutally murdered woman, sparking outrage in Mexico

February 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The brutal killing and mutilation of a 25-year-old woman in Mexico has sparked outrage and prompted calls for a change in the country's law, after several media outlets published a leaked photograph of the victim's disfigured body on their front pages.

(CNN)The brutal killing and mutilation of a 25-year-old woman in Mexico has sparked outrage and prompted calls for a change in the country's law, after several media outlets published a leaked photograph of the victim's disfigured body on their front pages.

Authorities announced Sunday that police officers arrived at a home in Mexico City over the weekend to find Ingrid Escamilla lifeless, with her body skinned and missing some of its organs -- the latest incident in an ongoing string of violent crimes against women in Mexico.

The Mexico City prosecutor's office is meanwhile investigating civil servants over the leak and is considering making it a crime to distribute images of victims, it said in a statement.

Femicides -- the killing of women on account of their gender -- have risen in Mexico in recent years; 1,006 cases were reported in 2019, compared with 912 the year before.

"Mexico faces a major challenge in terms of violence against women," the country's National Institute of Women said on Wednesday, in a statement that also lambasted media outlets for publishing the images.

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