The horror behind antique customs that include rape

by Roberta Lunghini - 2016.09.30
The horror behind antique customs that include rape
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While waiting to marry her, he raped her with the consent of her father. And in respect for a presumed, medieval tradition, this is how a 15-year old Bengali girl, resident of Italy, was treated as she prepared for her marriage. Though she was not restored her dignity, at least the Supreme Court in Italy gave her some justice by condemning both the perpetrator of the crime and the girl’s father. Who tried to defend himself before the court by explaining he had an obligation to tolerate the abuse of his daughter because of an antique Indian custom that required him to do so. The Supreme Judges were of a different opinion and pointed out the obligation of a parent to watch over, protect and listen to his small, innocent daughter. Instead of making her “a sacrificial victim only to legitimize unwritten rules of sexual dominance”.

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