They rescue a girl who was imprisoned because she refused to marry

Mexico City.- Personnel from the Attorney General’s Office and the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center rescued a girl who was imprisoned by the Community Police in retaliation for escaping from her home to avoid a forced marriage in the community of Joya Real, from the Municipality of Cochoapa el Grande in Guerrero.

The 14-year-old girl Nayeli “N” was going to be forced to marry a minor under 15 years of age for a payment of 200 thousand pesos that her mother, brothers and a cousin would receive.

The wedding ceremony that was to be endorsed by the town’s municipal commissioner was to be held at the groom’s house at nine in the morning on Monday, November 22.

However, Nayeli ran away from home an hour before the ceremony and took refuge in the home of her friend Alfredo “N”, who is also a minor and who lives in the same Na Savi indigenous community.

Nayeli’s escape upset her and her future husband’s relatives so much that they dedicated themselves to searching for her throughout the community without being able to locate her.

For this reason, the two families requested the support of the Community Police to search for the girl whom they finally located in the house of their friend Alfredo.

The self-defense groups, led by their commander, locked up Nayeli and Alfredo in the jail of the town’s police station.

According to the version of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, Nayeli’s imprisonment was for two things: one that the marriage was carried out and, if not, that it was guaranteed that her family paid the 56 thousand pesos of expenses. prenuptials made by the groom’s parents.

On Monday 22, after Nayeli’s forced marriage, her family would receive a payment of 200 thousand pesos in cash.

Since last Friday the 19th, the talks for the forced marriage of Nayeli began.

That day, the parents of her future husband brought food and drink to their home.

Another party with food and drink was held on Sunday 21.

According to the accounts of the parents of the future husband of Nayeli, they were 56 thousand pesos of prenuptial expenses that they made.

However, this Monday night, authorities from the Regional Prosecutor’s Office of Tlapa, the State Human Rights Commission received information about the imprisonment of the girl and asked the support of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center.

This Tuesday, agents of the Ministerial Police and the Prosecutor’s Office, State Police and the regional delegate of the Center for Human Rights, as well as activists from the Tlachinollan Center for Human Rights attended the community of Joya Real.

“The atmosphere was very tense because no one knew how the people of the community were going to react,” said a person who went to Joya Real.

He mentioned that no envoy from the Women’s Secretariat agreed to accompany this rescue brigade.

When the Ministerial Police, personnel from the Public Prosecutor’s Office and from Tlachinollan arrived in town, the municipal commissioner was gone, nor were the members of the Community Police who were the ones who imprisoned Nayeli and her friend Alfredo.

The Tlachinollan envoys who had a translator in the Na Savi language spoke with the main people of the town and they agreed that the two minors were released.

Nayeli and Alfredo were transferred to Tlapa where they will receive psychological help from the state DIF.

The Attorney General’s Office is analyzing whether an investigation folder against the Community Police, the community commissioner and the family members who intended to forcibly marry Nayeli is integrated.

On November 10, Governor Evelyn Salgado Pineda presented a 20-point strategy to eradicate the sale of girls in the Mountain of Guerrero.

Said actions of the state government were launched after this practice became known in municipalities of this marginalized area of ​​Guerrero attributed to “uses and customs” of the native peoples.

However, for the executive director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, Abel Barrera Hernández, that official act led on November 10 by Governor Evelyn Salgado and the head of the Women’s Secretariat, Violeta Pino, was a event that did not comprehensively reflect how to thoroughly solve this problem.

“The traditional authorities of the communities were not invited to express their voice with proposals,” said the activist.

“Officials should go to the towns, talk to the authorities and the people because holding an official act in Tlapa does not fully resolve things,” he added.

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