Italian ruling that victim too ugly to be raped sparks outrage, probe

Italian ruling that victim too ugly to be raped sparks outrage, probe

"But in 2017, the appeals court in Ancona overturned the conviction, after the female judges agreed with the defendants" argument that the victim looked "too masculine" after seeing a photo of her. "It's very bad and we are very shocked about this case".

The men had initially been convicted in 2016 of raping the woman, then aged 22, in 2015, but the Ancona appeals court later threw out the charges.

Protestors chanted and held signs accusing the appeals court of misogyny during the large demonstration on Monday, according to The Local Italy. She also mentioned that they spiked her drink.

Protesters from Rebel Network, the Italian womens' rights group that organised the protest, Tweeted: "Rape does not fulfil a desire for pleasure, but an abominable hatred and contempt for the victim. It does not depend on how feminine you are, but on the hatred inside the rapist".

The reasoning behind the appeals court's ruling, revealed Friday through the Italian Supreme Court's retrial order, triggered outrage over the weekend.

The judges stated that said the woman's story was not believable as she was "too masculine" and that the men didn't find her attractive.

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CinziaMolinaro, a lawyer for the victim, said her appeal contested a host of procedural problems with the acquittal verdict but said she had also cited the "absolute unacceptability" of the Italian court's reference to the victim's physical appearance.

The Ministry of Justice ordered a preliminary inquiry as well as a retrial of the case, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Molinaro noted that the woman, who has since returned to Peru, had suffered such genital trauma in the rape that she required stitches.

"We know that in Italy that we have a very hard moment now because we think that women's rights are under attack", Rizzitelli said.

"I read this sentence in 2017 and that's why we referred it to the supreme court", the woman's attorney, Cinzia Molinaro, told the Guardian. Interview with LuisaRizzitelli produced by Jeanne Armstrong.

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