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Italian government moves to crack down on violence against women

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian government on Friday passed a bill aimed at tackling gender-based violence and increasing surveillance of suspects, amid growing anxiety about high levels of hate crimes. enmity against women.

The Home Office says 93 women have been killed by an intimate partner or relative in 2021, while nearly 4,000 women have been sexually assaulted so far this year and 13,990 are victims of stalking .

The bill, which will have to be passed by parliament, would allow police to take action against suspects even if victims do not report a crime – a move intended to help women who are scared to come forward. official charges.

“Action is needed to prevent such things from happening,” Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said at a news conference she held along with seven other female ministers in Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government.

Economic assistance will be provided to victims to encourage them to report crimes while prison sentences will be given to those suspected of attempting to forge electronic bracelets to track their activities. their.

If a woman is believed to be in danger, the police may decide to monitor her home to protect her.

“We have decided to establish, for the most severe cases, dynamic protection and surveillance that will not affect the victim’s freedom, but will at the same time protect her life,” the ministry said. Head of Regional Affairs Mariastella Gelmini said.

The new bill comes just two years after parliament passed legislation that would impose tougher penalties, including longer prison sentences, for those found guilty of violent assault against women, sexual abuse and sexual assault. sex and stalking. It also said cases must be handled by the courts as a priority and investigations are fast-tracked.

However, 2019 measures have done little to end the attacks.

(Reported by Angelo Amante)

https://whbl.com/2021/12/03/italian-govt-moves-to-crack-down-on-violence-against-women/ Italian government moves to crack down on violence against women

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