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Outcry as Mexican mom, 21, faces 60 years jail for strangling man ‘who raped her’

Campaigners have condemned the imprisonment of a 21 year-old Mexican mom who faces 60 years behind bars for strangling a man she says raped her.  

Roxana Ruiz has been in prison since May 8 when police arrested her for the murder of Sinai Cruz at her home in Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico.

She was charged with homicide and is expected to appear before a judge in a second court hearing Tuesday. If convicted, Ruiz could spend a 30 to 60 years behind bars.

In a letter penned to the feminist collective Nos Queremo Vivas Neza, Ruiz recalled leaving the potato stand she worked on the evening of the murder and accepting an invite for a beer from a woman who worked a nearby bar.

Ruiz said she was leaving the bar when Cruz – whom she knew from visiting the business – offered to walk her to her home where she lived with her four-year-old son.

Roxana Ruiz (pictured) is facing 30 to 60 years in prison for the May 8 murder of Sinai Cruz, who reportedly raped her at her home in Mexico

Roxana Ruiz claims that authorities in Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, did not request a medical exam after he told authorities she killed Sinai Cruz because he had allegedly raped her

Roxana Ruiz claims that authorities in Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, did not request a medical exam after he told authorities she killed Sinai Cruz because he had allegedly raped her

Upon reaching the residence, Cruz insisted that she allow him to stay the night there because he lived far away.

‘He was being stubborn when we arrived. He obligated me to allow him in,’ Ruiz wrote. ‘He insisted that he lived too far, to allow him to sleep in my room, he insisted so much that he scared me, as an idiot I accepted.’

Ruiz said she placed a blanket on the floor for Cruz to sleep on. Moments later, Cruz got on top of Ruiz’s bed.

‘He started to remove the clothes (,) he beat me, he raped me, I was in shock, I just wanted to defend myself,’ she wrote.

Roxana Ruiz penned a letter after killing Sinai Cruz in which she says, 'Maybe I should have let my attacker get away with it, go away and maybe leave me dead or injured so as not to have to live what I'm living'

Roxana Ruiz penned a letter after killing Sinai Cruz in which she says, ‘Maybe I should have let my attacker get away with it, go away and maybe leave me dead or injured so as not to have to live what I’m living’

At one point Ruiz said she struck Cruz on the nose. As he bled, Cruz told Ruiz, ‘now you are really going to die.’

Ruiz was beaten but when Cruz became distracted, she used a t-shirt and placed it around his neck before choking him to death.

‘I strangled him, I felt fear, terror, I didn’t want him to hurt anyone else, I felt lonely, denigrated, I felt worthless, I felt it was all my fault for having trusted those people.’

Ruiz later stuffed Cruz’s lifeless body into a sack and was seen abandoning it outside her home.

A neighbor who saw her dumping the sack on a street corner before a police patrol unit stopped and inspected the large bag and placed her under arrest.

Ruiz alleges that authorities did not perform a medical exam to support her claim that she had been raped. 

‘They did not take my statement into account so that I could defend myself. My only crime was defending myself from the man who raped me,’ Ruiz wrote. ‘Maybe I should have let my attacker get away with it, go away and maybe leave me dead or injured so as not to have to live what I’m living.’

Ruiz is currently being held at prison in Xochiaca, State of Mexico. 

Meanwhile, Elsa Arista and other members of Nos Queremo Vivas Neza have taken charge in spreading her story in hopes of get her acquittal. The group held a protest Monday and was planning to hold another demonstration during Tuesday’s trial. 

‘At no time have authorities investigated this process with a gender perspective. We are surprised that the authority continues to work in this way even though we have an alert,’ Arista told El País. ‘We are concerned that those who are judging do not take into account the context in which women are living in the State of Mexico.’

At least 11 women are killed by men in Mexico, according to government data. 

Murders of women, labeled in Mexico as femicides, increased by 7.1 percent during the first five months of 2021 compared to the same period last year.  

‘We have not advanced because there is no political will from the governments. We are not a priority for them ”, Arisa said. ‘Defending life is a right that we exercise because the (government) is not guaranteeing to us.’


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