Coahuila seeks to punish stalking and harassment on social networks with jail

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In Coahuila, the Superior Court of Justice sent an initiative to Congress to define the crime of stalkingwhich would include, among other things, “stalkeo” or espionage and harassment through social networks or any technological meansas well as the harassment of collection offices, a process that will be sought after an addition to the state Penal Code.

This Wednesday, in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Judiciary, Miguel Mery, president of the Court, explained that it is a reform made from legislation that has been in force in Canada and European countries since 1999and although Nuevo León adopted it a couple of years ago, Coahuila has adapted it to include it in the Penal Code.

“Now the state of Coahuila joins what stalking can be, which we commonly call stalking or stalking in English, to classify it and be able to attend to it,” he explained.

He also stated that the difference between harassment and stalking is that the latter does not have a sexual connotation, but rather encompasses any behavior that may force the potential victim to change their routineyour address, your account number, to close your social media accounts, etc.

“The difference that we made with respect to Nuevo León is that the issue of stalking has a wide range of hypotheses. It does not refer to nothing more than workplace harassment, sexual harassment. This has to do with a stalking that may well have implications of a loving nature at first, psychopathic, with sexual ideas, but also with another issue that has to do with this example that I gave of collection.

The presiding magistrate pointed out that debtors are currently being stalked, when what you really have to do is file a lawsuit correctlybut not stalking, harassing a person in their property, in their family, in their social networks, in their environment.

Mery Ayup said that stalking through social networks and any physical or technological means will also be sanctionedsince the current legislation allows that screenshots are considered evidence during a trial.

What does the proposal include?

According to the project proposed by the Judicial Power before the Legislative Power, stalking is defined as “harassing or threatening behavior, which interferes to the detriment of the normal life of the victim”, such as the fact of follow her, spy on her, appear at her home or workplace unexpectedly, make insistent phone calls, leave messages in various media, all through an unwanted contact by the affected party that in many cases forces them to change their itinerary, place of residence, place of work or studies, among others.

This crime, according to the proposal, could be punished with a sentence of six months to two years in prison and a fineregardless of the penalties that may be set for other crimes related to stalking.

Stalkeo and its relationship with femicides

More than 90 percent of the cases of femicide in the state were stalked by the perpetrator before finalizing the victim, informed the President Magistrate of the Criminal Chamber of the Judiciary of the State of Coahuila, María Luisa Valencia García, after presenting the paper for the classification of this crime in the state.

“I would venture to say that in 90 percent of the cases there is a history of stalking by the aggressor towards the victim”, which is found once the investigation is opened and the information about the fact is being gathered .

He explained that on some occasions even the victim came to file a complaint about this situation and there are others in which precautionary measures were imposed, However, until now it has been given for a sexual purpose and is classified as harassment; This is not the case with stalking, which is defined as a form of constant surveillance of the victim, which steals her peace and forces her to take measures to modify her daily life so that the stalker cannot be located.

“It is a form of submission to the best at a distance and that is why this criminal figure is being proposed, it is a way of subjecting a person to the purposes or intentions of the person who performs it and causes a change in the life project of the person. victim, a change of residence, job, unsubscribing from your social networks or simply changing your daily route to work or school”, he explained.

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Coahuila seeks to punish stalking and harassment on social networks with jail