Young Mexican medical student found strangled to death weeks after the alarm was raised
Weeks after disclosing a sexual assault and demanding a move to another hospital, a female medical student was strangled to death in her own home.
Mariana Sanchez Davalos was a 24-year-old medical student at a clinic in the municipality of Ocosingo, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, completing her social service.
The Chiapas State Attorney General's Office reported that her body had been discovered on the morning of 28 January and that she had been subjected to secondary mechanical asphyxia by hanging.
No signs of sexual harassment have occurred.
The Sun notes that Davalos had previously reported a sexual assault to the local police by a member of the local group, but no action was taken.
Davalos also asked the National Autonomous University of Chiapas to move her to another clinic where she was completing her studies. She was granted a month's leave instead.
It is uncertain if Davalos had made the university aware of her alleged sexual harassment or not, but it is known that she had told the local health ministry.
The Sun reported that Friends said the inability of Davalos to prompt authorities to act and be on leave without an income sent her into a depressive state.
"The Office of the Attorney General has now opened an investigation into "femicide" and promised that "all investigation lines will be exhausted.
The Ministry of Health of Mexico also issued a statement announcing "its dedication to eradicating conduct such as harassment and sexual harassment."
In the meantime, fellow medical students from Davalos have declared an immediate and indefinite strike to "take action against those who have disregarded the complaints,"