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Help Cécile’s Family Get Justice for Her Brutal Murder in India

July 28, 2012

Every year thousands of young, woman are brutally murdered in India by their husbands and in-laws in the so-called dowry murders.  A recent survey found that over 100,000 women were burnt to death.  [See these posts]. Yet, most of the murders never get justice, because of the inherent corruption and misogyny in the Indian police and judiciary.

Cécile Acosta Reynaud, a Mexican woman living in India, became a victim of this system in 2012.

Cécile was studying dance, at a school in Thrissure, Kerala, and her boyfriend from Mexico, Martin Manrique Mansour was also in India, doing his post-doctoral studies at Kalasalingam University, Krishnankoil, in Tamil Nadu.  It was while visiting him to see their 6-year-old daughter, that Cécile went missing.  Later a body that had been burnt was discovered, and DNA tests established it to be Cécile.   Cecile  is believed to have been  brutally murdered and then burnt by her boyfriend from Mexico and on initial investigations Mansour admitted to the crime.  

However, even though Mansour’s murder trial is still underway, he has been for some mysterious reason been set free from jail.  Further more, the 6-year-old child of the couple, who is believed to have been a witness to her father’s disposing of her mother’s body, is now in the custody of the paternal grandmother according to court orders.  It is equally mystifying why the courts would give the custody of this child to the family of a man under a murder trial, instead of to the mother’s family that has been fighting for the child’s custody.

Cécile’s family sent us a letter requesting assistance from anyone in India who can help, and we we have posted the letter below.  It explains her case fully.


  1. Please circulate this post.  You can re-blog it.  We encourage you to blog it in different Indian and European languages We need to make sure that Cecile’s story stays highlighted in India and around the world, till such time her family gets justice from the Indian courts.
  2. If anyone has any information, or if you are based in Tamil Nadu where this incident occurred, and think you can either assist or give helpful advice to the Acosta family on what they can do to get justice for Cecile’s murder and get the custody of her 6-year-old daughter, then you can send us an email at with the header “Help for Cecile”

Here’s the letter we received on behalf of the Acosta Reynaud-Pulido family

In the case of Cécile Denise Acosta Reynaud’s femicide, allegedly murdered by Martin Manrique Mansour, on 9 April, 2012 in Kalasalingam, in Tamil Nadu, India, the defendant confessed to committing said crime after a custody discussion for their six year old child Adela Berenice Manrique Acosta.

Due to this crime, he was detained and imprisoned at Chennai’s penitentiary, where he was incarcerated until July 2012.

During this period of time, from April up to date, it has been known that Cecile Denise’s body was fiercely treated by the murderer. It showed an incision in the aorta, skull fracture, trachea fracture, a deep wound in one leg and several incisions in her chess. It is known it was wrapped in plastic, then tied with strings or ropes and hide it in his house, while his daughter was there. Afterwards, he put the body in a suitcase, and move it in the trunk of his car outside Madurai and then set it on fire. It has been said, that on the route to the place where he set the body on fire, the child was in the same car.

Cécile Denise Acosta Reynaud is dead, this is a fact; but until now, only part of her remains have been given to her family, a portion of the remains that were exhumed from a mass grave (another part stayed in India for the post-mortem examinations); they do not have a Death Certificate, nor the results of the autopsy. On 24 April, the body’s identity was ratified, it was confirmed that they were Cécile Denise Acosta Reynaud’s by superposition of the skull and with a DNA test, which leave no doubt of the identity of the remains, nonetheless, the family does not have said results either.

All of the above, while waiting for the collection enough proof and evidence, for what is known, of the transgression of at least four crimes, in order to begin the trial and entail the accused to the corresponding sentence.

However, and in spite of all this, Martín Manrique Mansour has been freed under bail. The causes for this decision are unknown. It is ignored, why is he free if he is the accused party of an ongoing investigation.

In an article Muerte en la India (Death in India), recently published in the Gatopardo magazine, it is stated: “…Within the following weeks, the police will present the formal murder charges. Martín must be judged in India because that is the country where he allegedly committed the crime….” But it also states: “…Martín’s legal representative, P. Kumaresan, was a general district attorney for Tamil Nadu, and he trusts he will bail him out of prison as soon as possible… —We will focus on dismantling the evidence: we are going to take advantage of the police’s mistakes…”. Everything indicates that they are succeeding. Are they making a display of the local influence?
It is worth to alert the authorities in Madurai City, so that they are aware that within their city and among their people, is someone with Martin Manrique Mansour’s characteristics, main suspect in a heinous murder, planned with inhuman viciousness.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2012 7:29 am

    Respected Rita je, I shocked after reading this post. Being a Victim of a similar case, i can well understood and feel the pains and agonies of a deceased family. I will pray to almighty to give them strength and courage to get justice for Cécile Denise Acosta and her ward. You may give my personal email to the deceased family.
    I would like to advice you that the matter of court proceedings should not be published on this platform and your discussions or advices should be thru your personal emails only because anybody from the murderer’s side would read from this platform and their lawyer may sense that in what way the case is going on and may also took the advantage of the same in the court of justice while the proceedings will took place and the cross-examine of the witnesses will be held in routine proceedings.
    I too will advice you and to the deceased family thru personal emails only.

  2. Karin B. permalink
    July 31, 2012 7:28 am

    Can a person who admits to such a horrible murder get bail in India? And isn’t it worrying that if the child was witness to the crime that the court has given custody to the man’s family? That might frighten the child even more. This is very disturbing and makes no sense!

    • August 1, 2012 6:43 am

      We are not sure about the exact nature of law in India in this case, but we’ll look into it.

    • August 2, 2012 6:25 am

      The response we’ve got from someone familiar with the laws is that the suspect is only out on bail, and most like the courts have his passport so he cannot leave the country. And they can send him back to jail whenever the want.

  3. Louis permalink
    August 2, 2012 7:28 am

    What a beautiful woman, I know many of my single friends would love and care for her if given half a chance and instead she is murdered!!!!! There is something wrong with this people if they see women only as objects and think they can treat them worse than animals….

    • leo permalink
      August 8, 2012 6:13 pm

      Indeed its a sorrow.

  4. August 9, 2012 5:03 pm

    Have to add this here: the moment I heard “Mexican dance student in Thrissur” I was horrified. I had met Cecile during a darshan tour of the Hindu guru, “Amma” (Mata Amritananadamayi) when Amma stopped in Thrissur. As a Bharatanatyam dancer I was impressed that she was studying Mohiniattam and that too, at the emininent school Kalamandapam. All Indian classical forms take tremendous dedication and skill. I had no idea at the time I met her she had a child and husband, but I remember her glowing beauty and smile in the humid Thrissur May (just before Pooram).
    Justice for Cecile! And protection for her girl from this horrible father.

  5. December 30, 2012 1:34 am

    Cécile est sur la stèle des féminicides


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