A 14-Year-Old Pregnant Girl Was Buried Alive By Her Boyfriend And The…

This is Chiara Paez, a 14-year-old from Rufino, Santa Fe province, Argentina. instagram.com Chiara was close to her family. She regularly shared photos of ...
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This is Chiara Paez, a 14-year-old from Rufino, Santa Fe province, Argentina.

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Chiara was close to her family. She regularly shared photos of her life, family, and friends on Instagram and Facebook.

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She was also popular at her school, where she was part of the field hockey team.

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At the start of May, Chiara went missing in her home city.

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Many people took part in the search for Chiara, including her boyfriend, Manuel Mansilla. They had been dating for a couple of months, and both attended the same school.

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Three days later, the schoolgirl’s body was found beaten under a patio in Mansilla’s backyard. She was eight weeks pregnant, and she had been buried alive.

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Mansilla confessed to her murder, and as there were traces of a drug used in abortions found in her body, he was also charged with forced abortion.

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Reports suggest Chiara was murdered after an argument over her pregnancy.

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But there are doubts over whether Manuel worked alone. Later, Manuel’s 34-year-old mother and her 43-year-old partner were arrested and are under investigation for Chiara’s murder.

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“She is a big girl, physically, a height of 1.70m (5’6) and weighing 70kg (150 lbs.),” Chiara’s father told reporters. “It’s impossible that he [Manuel] had done this alone.”

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Her death devastated her family and friends and outraged not only her community, but her entire country.

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Argentinians were shocked by the murders of Chiara and a number of other women in recent months. The frequency of shocking cases of “femicide” – the murder of women for their gender – had reached a tipping point.

Argentinians were shocked by the murders of Chiara and a number of other women in recent months. The frequency of shocking cases of "femicide" – the murder of women for their gender – had reached a tipping point.

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In a movement led by social media and the hashtag #NiUnaMenos (“Not One Less”), women, men and children in cities across Argentina demanded an end to gender violence.

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This is what the square outside Congress in Buenos Aires – filled with 200,000 protesters demanding tougher laws on violence against women – looked like on Wednesday night.

This is what the square outside Congress in Buenos Aires – filled with 200,000 protesters demanding tougher laws on violence against women – looked like on Wednesday night.

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Marches also took place in Chile and Uruguay this week, the BBC reported.

Charities say a woman is murdered every 31 hours in Argentina, and that they are rarely taken seriously when they report abusive partners to the police.

Charities say a woman is murdered every 31 hours in Argentina, and that they are rarely taken seriously when they report abusive partners to the police.

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Like all the other families who have lost loved ones to this crime, Chiara’s family are seeking justice.

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Her father, Fabio, has changed his profile photo to one of his daughter. Yesterday, he left a status update that read: “At night when I go to bed, I cry alone … I wish someone could explain.”

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