PMPs in Italy’s ruling populist coalition have clashed over a major new bill to tackle sexual crimes including rape and revenge porn on the internet.
right-wing League proposed chemical castration for some sex offenders, with
their consent, as a condition for parole. Several countries already practice
League’s coalition partners Five Star rejected the proposal.
is to be made a crime, but MPs disagree over the details.
suffer acute anxiety and depression when intimate photos of them are posted on
the internet by ex-partners or hackers. The invasion of privacy can also harm
The bill –
known as Code Red (“Codice rosso”) – will come back to the Chamber of
Deputies on Tuesday. The session was suspended on Thursday when opposition MPs
occupied government seats in protest, during a very heated debate.
was at the centre of a case that gripped Italy in 2017: Tiziana Cantone, 31,
took her own life after sex videos of her went viral on the internet and she
A Five Star
MP, Giulia Sarti, was also recently the victim of revenge porn, and Tiziana’s
mother, Maria Teresa Giglio, expressed solidarity with her.
are an MP, perhaps what happened can serve as input to legislate and finally
intervene against this phenomenon,” Ms Giglio said.
Sarti opposed another MP’s amendment to criminalise revenge porn, which was
defeated by 14 votes in the chamber.
On Facebook, Ms Sarti wrote (in Italian) that Laura Boldrini’s amendment did not go far enough. Ms Boldrini is in the left-wing Free and Equal (LeU) party.
topic is so sensitive that it requires wide debate not only in parliament, but
also judicial and social, above all involving experts, victims, families,
analysts, jurists and all the relevant state actors, like the post and telecoms
police. It’s a very important issue, so serious regulation must not be
incomplete,” Ms Sarti wrote.
proposal to introduce voluntary chemical castration for sex offenders was
rejected by Five Star, who accused the League of playing politics with it.
Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini tweeted (in Italian) that it was the right punishment for those who gang-raped an American woman in Catania, Sicily, recently. Three young men have been arrested on suspicion of raping the 19-year-old tourist. –BBC
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