A 21-year-old woman identified as Adolfina Camelli Ortigoza, was rescued last week after being held hostage in her home and subjected to continuous beatings by her jealous husband, according to police.
She was totally disfigured by the blows to her body and face.
Speaking on Tuesday, November 28, the woman’s lawyer disclosed how her partner Pedro Heriberto Galeano, 32, would become violent when anyone liked the photos she posted of herself on Facebook.
He began to beat her up every time one of her friends on Facebook reacted to any of her posts.
Galeano later took control of her Facebook page, where he would post pictures of her, and continued to punch and kick her for every ‘like’ the posts received.
Lawyer Arnaldo Martinez also told how Ms Ortigoza, from Nemby near Asuncion, Uruguay, would dread a notification telling her that someone had reacted or commented on a post.
Her friends had no idea that each time they made the friendly online gesture she would be brutally beaten
“Her mouth was all broken, she was very damaged, her skin was hanging off because of the blows.
“He controlled the victim’s social networking sites, he controlled the messages and photos, and for every ‘like’ she received from her friends, the woman received a beating because he accused her of having a relationship with them.”
Mr Martinez said she only didn’t lose her teeth because “he would put a cloth in her mouth so that she would not scream during the brutal beatings that she suffered daily.”
Unable to bear the gross beatings unleashed on the poor woman regularly, the man’s father finally reported his violent son to the police after he believed the woman would die as a result of the last beating she received, according to reports.
Ms Ortigoza was so disfigured by the violence that she could not recognise herself when she was shown photos of herself after the beating.
She underwent reconstruction operations of the nasal septum and lips.
Galeano was arrested and charged with attempted femicide, deprivation of liberty and coersion, crimes which carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.