IN just seven months, Mallorca has equalled the worst year for women killed at the hands of their partners, since 2003. Already four women have been killed this year.
The shocking statistics come as the family of Xue Sandra Saura Menendez announced she had died following burns after her partner doused her with petrol and set fire to her in Alcudia. Her death came more than a month after the attack. She had been in the burns unit at the Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona. Her partner confessed his crime and remains in jail without bail.
In a statement, the family said they were thankful for the support they had received in recent weeks but also requested they be left to grieve privately and that the funeral will be a private event.
In January a British woman was killed by her husband who strangled her with the cord of her mobile phone charger in their apartment in Calvia.
In March, a 19-year-old died in Son Servera after being strangled by her boyfriend and in May a man stabbed his ex-wife to death in Port de Pollensa.
There have never been so many domestic violence deaths recorded since 2003 when the year also had four such deaths. Now 2016 is being marked as a black year in terms of violence against women.
After the death of Xue, around 40 representatives of the Consell de Mallorca, Palma City Council and all political groups in the Parliament, gathered to observe a minute of silence.
Secretary General of the Government Delegation in the Balearics, Evelio Antich, expressed his support for the “rejection of gender violence” and said more preventative work must be done to raise awareness amongst citizens.