“Following the discovery of the lifeless body of a woman on August 29 (…) on the public highway in the town of Chambray-lès-Tours, her spouse was indicted this afternoon on the count of murder by spouse, and placed in pre-trial detention “said the public prosecutor of Tours, Catherine Sorita-Minard, on Saturday September 2 in a press release.
Born in 1965 in Baghdad, with no criminal record, the alleged perpetrator was arrested on Thursday. He “recognizes an episode of violence, evoking reciprocal violence and denying any intention of homicide”according to the magistrate, specifying that the investigations were continuing under the direction of an examining magistrate.
The lifeless body of this woman born in 1966 was found on the public highway on Tuesday morning, in the town of Indre-et-Loire, located in the Touraine conurbation. The couple had four children, one of whom was a minor.
A feminicide occurs every two and a half days in France
During the year 2022, one hundred and eighteen women were killed in France by their spouse or their ex-spouse, a stable figure compared to 2021, where they had been five twenty-two victims, according to the report of the “violent deaths within the couple”, published on Saturday by the Ministry of the Interior. On average, a feminicide occurs every two and a half days in France.
According to this study published by the government145 violent deaths within the couple were more widely recorded in 2022, almost the same total as the previous year (143). “As in previous years, women are the main victims”while 27 men were killed (6 more compared to 2021).
Of the 118 victims of feminicides, 37 women, or almost a third, had already suffered violence from their spouse or ex-spouse before being killed. Twenty-four of them had reported the previous violence to the internal security forces, including 19 by filing a complaint (representing 16% of the women killed in total).
“The stable figures show that efforts are not sufficient to prevent violence and protect women victims. It must be made a priority, as was the case in 2020”reacted Anne-Cécile Mailfert, president of the Women’s Foundation, after the publication of the report.
The World with AFP