‘No Rape Happened As Woman Didn’t Scream’

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Rome: Italy’s justice minister has reportedly asked officials to look into a case in which a court acquitted a man of raping a woman because she didn’t scream.

The Italian news agency ANSA said on Thursday that minister Andrea Orlando has asked ministry inspectors to begin checking into the case.

ANSA said a court in Turin had ruled last month that the woman’s saying “Enough!” to her colleague who allegedly raped her constituted too weak a reaction to prove that she was sexually attacked. The ruling specified she didn’t scream or ask for help.

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চিৎকার করেনি তাই ধর্ষণ নয়, রায় দিল আদালত!

Center-right Forza Italia opposition lawmaker Annagrazia Calabria decried the ruling, saying,

“Certainly, you cannot punish the personal reaction of a woman terrified by what is happening to her.”

The ruling has also triggered an outcry by women’s groups.