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Source: The Guradian

Italy accused of restoring honour killing defence after lenient femicide rulings

Monday 20:00 GMT

Decisions by two appeal judges to grant lighter sentences to men convicted of femicide have further exposed deeply rooted cultural stereotypes within the Italian judiciary system and wider society.

It was only in 1981 that Italy scrapped a law that gave more lenient sentences to men who murdered their partners if the woman had “dishonoured” the family with infidelity. The Castaldo and Gamboa decisions were criticised by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, who argued that “no emotional reaction, however intense, can justify or mitigate the gravity of femicide”.

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