“At a point, he hired someone to kill her and to make a crime scene as though it was a robbery or something,” Pitanguy says.
This happened twice. During the second “robbery,” da Penha ended up getting hurt. She’s now a paraplegic.
“She knew it was her husband and the case was taken to court, but he was acquitted,” Pitanguy says.
There was an appeal, but it took years before her husband was sentenced and put in jail. Her story, however, sparked a law campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. That campaign eventually resulted in a law, the Maria da Penha law, to protect women against domestic violence and enable them to report abuse."
Read article by Nina Porzucki from PRI.