What’s Current: Mexican president says most domestic violence calls are ‘fake’ despite spike in femicide during lockdown

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  • Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has drawn criticism from women’s rights campaigners for dismissing a sharp increase in calls to domestic violence hotlines. President López Obrador said 90 per cent of the 26,000 reports of abuse recorded in March were fake.
  • Bangkok police have arrested 22 people, including four state doctors, for involvement in an illegal surrogacy trafficking ring selling babies to couples in China.
  • Three Zimbabwean women politicians were beaten and tortured, allegedly by state officials, for organizing protests in response to food shortages. Authorities constructed a makeshift courtroom in their hospital ward to conduct a trial, sparking national outrage.
  • The body of a four-year-old girl was recovered from a well after she was raped and murdered in Nashua Pradesh, India. An investigation has been launched into alleged negligence by local police.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.