The woman who reported having been a victim of gender-based violence by her partner and rapporteur of the Superior Court of Justice of Tierra del Fuego, Marcelo Guzmán, managed this Thursday that the Family Judge who prohibited her from leaving the province in the company of her daughters, he would authorize her to do so.
After having been denied permission, the head of the Family and Minority Court No. 2 of Ushuaia, Marco Mellien, changed his mind and will allow Carla Kirstein to return to the city of Villa Ángela, in the province of Chaco, where she is from, “Until divorce proceedings are initiated,” judicial sources confirmed.
Kirstein managed to make her case visible when last Sunday she uploaded a video to social networks in which she recounted how she had been beaten by the official with the category of a judge and showed her body and face disfigured by the blows.
Since then, he expressed his desire to return to Chaco: “There I have friends and relatives who can contain me, and here I am alone, beyond the enormous support I received from the Fuegian women and from everywhere in the last few hours,” she explained in statements to local media.
“The Judiciary protects its own and does not guarantee equality. They have to start changing their procedures because those who die every day from acts of violence are women, not men”carla kirstein
In that sense, he mentioned that In one of the hearings with Judge Mellien, he asked for permission to travel and it was denied.
“I asked him for a temporary decision, so that they would let me go with my daughters to my province, and he did not grant it to me. He did not make room. And two days later, my ex-partner asked for a ban on my leaving, and he granted it” , detailed the woman who yesterday participated in a mobilization of feminist groups in front of the Fuegian Superior Court.
Nevertheless, the judge changed his opinion after hearing the testimony of the woman’s 9-year-old daughterin a hearing where a psychologist from the court’s interdisciplinary team participated.
“The best interest of the girl was taken into account within the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. And it was considered that the change of city would not have a negative effect on the girl, since her mother’s hometown is a known and familiar environment”, the magistrate founded.
In any case, the woman insisted that perceives “judicial mistreatment” by those in charge of investigating his case and that he feels “at a disadvantage” with respect to the accused official.
“It was necessary for me to record a video for him to be removed from the charge. The family judge attended me for three minutes and did not let me speak. In the expert opinion they asked me the same thing a hundred times and they did not notify me that I could put an expert on my side , as he did. I go to court every day and he is going to be investigated by Zoom, warm from home, “Kirstein questioned.
“The Judiciary protects its own and does not guarantee equality. They have to start changing their procedures because those who die every day from acts of violence are women, not men,” said Carla Kistein.
“I kept quiet for twelve years because I thought I was alone and because I was afraid of all this judicial machinery. Now I want to encourage other women to file complaints. It is very difficult and the process that follows is worse. But we are not alone”carla kirstein
Kirstein, who has been married to Guzmán for 12 years and works as a Pilates teacher, admitted that she recorded the video with her testimony as “life insurance.”
“He violated the prohibition of approach and was five meters from me in broad daylight. He continued to work despite my complaint as if nothing had happened. At night I walked alone from my work to my house and I was afraid of not arriving. “he recounted.
In any case, he acknowledged that “he did not expect such an impact” and thanked the messages of support he received from all over the country and even from abroad.
“I kept quiet for twelve years because I thought I was alone and because I was afraid of all this judicial machinery. Now I want to encourage other women to report it. It is very difficult and the process that follows is worse. But we are not alone,” concluded the woman who now moves through the streets of Ushuaia in the company of permanent police custody.