Barcelona approves surname change for child killed by father

Case of gender-based 'vicarious violence'

12 May, 14:35

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MAY 12 - The Spanish authorities have authorised the 'post-mortem' change of the surname of Leo, a child killed by his father last summer in Barcelona.

    Spanish media reported the news, quoting the lawyers representing the child's mother.

    This case of infanticide is being treated as an alleged case of 'vicarious violence': a type of gender-based violence in which the attacker tries to indirectly cause the most pain possible to the victims (normally their female partners or former partners) by harming their children.

    In this case, the father of the child was found dead a few days after having killed the child. His body was found in a hotel room.

    One of the reasons for the authorisation of the change of the child's surname was the emotional impact that the fact he was buried with that surname had on his relatives, reported the Catalan public broadcaster in an online article. (ANSAmed).

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