Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Ten thousand reported to police for stalking in last year

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Rome, August 16 - Italy's stalking phenomenon
peaked during the Ferragosto mid-August holiday when six people
were arrested in 24 hours, after some 10,000 reports were filed
with the authorities by victims in the past twelve months,
according to data released by the Italian Interior Ministry.
Thirty percent of all murder victims in Italy are women,
Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said during the
traditional Ferragosto press conference held in Rome.
Alfano added the stalking phenomenon becomes even more
disconcerting when one considers murders that take place within
the confines of the family home, which result in eight out of
ten victims being women.
Since an anti-stalking law was passed in 2009, some police
38,142 reports have been filed, of which 10,000 only in the last
year. Of the total in the last 12 months, 77% were filed by
women.
Over the Ferragosto holiday, a 53-year old man in Legnano,
Northern Italy was failed for alleged repeated mistreatment of
his former partner, which resulted in her requiring dental
assistance.
A second stalker, an alcoholic, was detained in custody in
the business capital of Milan, for harassing a former partner
and insisting she allow him into the house where he had been
living some two years previously.
A 23-year old was arrested in Laureana di Borrello, in the
southern Italian region of Calabria, for stalking both his
current and his former girlfriends, and also for alleged
attempted homicide after he tried to run over the new boyfriend
of his former girlfriend twice with his car.
In addition, a 54-year-old was taken into custody in the
northern Italian city of Verona, where he attacked and slapped a
former girlfriend at her workplace, forcing her to the emergency
ward for medical assistance.
A sixth man was taken into custody by police after he
kicked and punched his wife in front of his two children in the
southern Italian city of Naples.

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