SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed a law on Monday that strengthens existing laws against feminicide, extends the definition to kill unmarried partners, and increases penalties for killing pregnant women and minors.
Chile's current feminicide law provides for fines between 15 years and life, but has been largely limited to the murder of life partners or spouses. The new law extends this definition and adds additional penalties for killing a pregnant woman, a minor, or a disabled woman.
The so-called Gabriela law, named after Gabriela Alcaino, a young woman who was killed by her boyfriend, sends a "strong signal without ambiguity against any type of violence that is specifically directed against women," Pinera said in a signing ceremony at the President from La Moneda palace.
To date, 5 feminicides have been committed in Chile in 2020 and 17 attempted murders of women, according to government statistics.
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