In 4 days, 4 Women Are Killed by Acquaintances in São Paulo

Crimes in the interior contribute to 27.3% increase in feminicides in the state

"He can't even to harm a fly." Waitress Danielly Teles Baffa, 25, said this to her uncles, cousins, friends, and colleagues who were concerned about her relationship with pizza maker Dagner Ribas dos Santos Silva, 33.

Last Thursday night (21), the young woman was eating ice cream with a friend in a square in Araraquara (about 275 km from Sao Paulo) when Dagner arrived on a motorcycle and killed her with a knife.

Brazil, organizations on alert after rise in number of women killed. Foto Michel Jesus/Câmara dos Deputados - Michel Jesus/Câmara dos Deputad

Danielly is one of four female victims of femicide in the state of Sao Paulo on four days, Wednesday (20) to Saturday (23), on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, celebrated on Monday (25). These numbers exceed the average of 2018 femicides when a woman fell victim to this type of murder every two and a half days.

It appears that 2019 will have an even higher concentration of femicide. There have already been 121 reported cases in Sao Paulo from January to September this year, according to data from the State Public Security Bureau. This is a 27.3% increase over the same period of 2018 when 95 cases were registered.

The interior of São Paulo makes up for more than half of the cases recorded this year: 63. Last year, 52 were in the same range.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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