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Italy outraged as court finds victim too ugly to be raped

AP  |  Rome 

Italy's has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a verdict on the grounds that the victim was too ugly to be raped.

The ruling has sparked outrage in Italy, including a mob Monday outside the where protesters shouted "Shame!" and held up signs saying "indignation."

The appeals sentence was handed down in 2017 by an all-female panel but the reasons behind it only emerged when Italy's high court annulled it March 5 and ordered a retrial.

The said Wednesday its own reasons for ordering the retrial will be issued next month.

The says two Peruvian men convicted in the 2015 assault successfully argued the woman was too "masculine" to be a victim.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 19:55 IST