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Detained Argentina Woman Who Defended Herself from Rape, Freed

  • "Now women can also expect trials in freedom. No one claims for us, except for feminist movements," said Higui's lawyer, Raquel Hermida. | Photo: Politica Argentina

Published 12 June 2017
Opinion

The feminist movement in Argentina, which had been actively protesting her detention and had called for justice, began a series of protests under the slogan "Freedom for Higui." 

A 43-year-old Argentine woman who killed one of a group of men who attacked her has been freed.

The justice department of San Martín, Argentina, granted the release for Eva 'Higui' Analía de Jesus, who acted in self-defense against a group of 10 men who attacked her the night of October 16, 2016, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of San Miguel. 

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According to Higui's testimony, she was leaving her home with some friends when she was attacked by three men in the hallway. “I’m going to make you feel like a woman you stupid lesbian,” one of the men had said to her.  

She has been in detention since Nov. 8 after killing one of the ten men who attempted to rape her. 

The feminist movement in Argentina had been actively protesting her detention and had called for justice, holding a series of protests under the slogan "Freedom for Higui", the phrase was also used as part of the larger "Ni Una Menos", or "Not One Less" anti-femicide movement that has swept Argentina and the rest of Latin America.

"Now women can also expect trials in freedom. No one claims for us, except the feminist movements," Raquel Hermida, Higui's lawyer, told teleSUR. 

The decision came after the hearing on Thursday in which Higui's defense requested either her release or home detention. The court decided to release Higui, after seven months of detention. 

In granting Higui's release, the Chamber of Appeals of San Martin also set precedent as it "marked a jurisprudential difference," Hermida said, especially for the gay community.

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