A Mexican woman is currently on trial for killing her rapist in self-defense.
The woman, 21-year-old Yakiri Rubí Rubio, was abducted at knifepoint by two men on December 9, 2013 in her hometown of Mexico City, Mexico. According to Upside Down World, 37-year-old attacker Miguel Angel Anaya began raping her at a nearby hotel. Rubio fought back against Anaya, ultimately stabbing him in the abdomen and neck with the knife he had been carrying. Anaya and his accomplice, brother Luis Omar Anaya, both fled on their motorcycles. Rubio was able to make her way to the nearby Public Prosecutor’s Office to report the crime.
While Rubio was in the office, Luis Anaya arrived and accused Rubio of murdering her brother. The man claimed that Rubio had known and been lovers with his brother, a claim which Rubio denies because she is homosexual.
Still, the woman was charged with homicide. Although her charges were reduced to “legitimate self-defense with excessive violence” and she was released on $10,000 bail, she still faces fines to be paid to Anaya’s family and ten years of possible jail time.
Rubio has claimed that her case has caused unnecessary stress in her and her family’s lives.
“At first it was dreadful,” she said, “I would start crying because every time I had to talk about what happened I would relive it over again. Now I don’t cry any more. I just want it all to be over.”
The situation is further complicated because Rubio is the only individual being prosecuted for the incident that resulted in an attack and rape on her. According to Vice, Luis Anaya has remained entirely free despite Rubio’s accusations of kidnapping and sexual violence.
The case has been viewed as an example of the backwardness of the Mexican justice system when it comes to cases of sexual abuse and women’s rights activists have been pushing for Rubio’s freedom.