A state lawmaker introduced a bill that, if enacted, would increase penalties on those found guilty of women homicides.

Assemblyman Román Cota, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, proposed to modify the Penal Code as the state has witnessed an increasing number of the so-called femicides.

The state lawmaker said the SARS-COV-2 pandemic has also triggered the number of domestic violence cases, especially in Tijuana and Mexicali.

Even though the state has implemented protocols to return to the new normal, domestic violence cases remain high, Cota said.

National Public Safety System reports say Tijuana was as of June sixth nationwide with the largest number of murdered women — 495. No figures were reported about Mexicali.

The Penal Code says those found guilty of femicides can be sentenced to up to 35 years in prison.

Cota said however that such penalties had not stopped men from killing women.

Back in 2008 the state enacted a law to prevent and stop domestic violence against women.

The lawmaker’s proposal seeks to add five years to the penalties and multiply by four times fines to those convicted for such crime. Cota also proposed to launch a campaign to prevent domestic violence.

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