Mexico Judge Orders Probe Into Killings Of Women

Published March 6, 2012 7:54PM (EST)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge has ordered authorities to investigate the killings of women in the central state of Mexico, reviving a politically sensitive dispute over slayings in the suburbs of Mexico City.

The judge says an anti-violence agency created in 2007 should follow up on reports that hundreds of women have been killed or gone missing in Mexico State.

Women's rights activist Maria Estrada said Tuesday the agency initially rejected the request to investigate killings of women in the state a year ago.

Leading presidential contender Enrique Pena Nieto was the state's governor until last year. His followers have said the per-capita homicide rate is no worse than in other states, and suggested the investigations are politically motivated.

By Salon Staff

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