Local December 28, 2011 | 6:03 am

Five feminicides in two days

Santo Domingo.- Police reports bringthe total of women murdered by their partners or ex-partners in the last 48hours to five. The toll for December so far is 10.

In Cotui yesterday, a man strangledhis wife, while in the Santo Domingo barrio of Buenos Aires de Herrera awoman’s body was found with a bullet wound to the chest. One of the victims wasnamed as Angélica María Hernández, 25.

On Monday a man poured gasoline overhis partner and set her on fire. Altagracia García, 36 died of her wounds. MilagrosSeverino Cedano, 32 was beaten to death by her husband en La Romana.

A 21-year old woman Sacha LeonardaMartínez, was stabbed to death yesterday.

A 21-year old man shot his underage ex-wifeand a man he suspected of being her lover and then committed suicide. Thevictims were named as Yanelis Oviedo and Pablo Pimentel and their murderer, whocommitted suicide was Víctor Manuel Basilio Mercedes. The tragic event tookplace in El Seibo. Leonidas Mora Alcántara, 43, was also killed by her husband,who stabbed and beat her to death.

This year so far 229 feminicideshave been registered, 19 more cases than in 2010. In the last six years, 1,153 womenhave been murdered, excluding 2011.

Along with other violent murders, thehigh rate of feminicide has alarmed Dominican society. There have been callsfrom many sectors for the authorities to halt the wave of murders of women.