Sunday, March 09, 2008

License to Lie

Adulterous Italian women may now lie about their secret affairs without the fear of being guilty of perjury.

BBC News reports that Italy's highest appeal court has ruled that married Italian women who commit adultery are entitled to lie about it to protect their honour.

The appeal court held that a 48-year-old woman convicted of giving false testimony to police to conceal her secret affair had not broken the law.

Italy’s court of appeal has been in news in the past for a controversial judgment that a woman could not, by definition, be raped if she was wearing tight jeans, since, according to the Court, the jeans could only be removed with her consent. This judgment was reversed after protests by women’s rights groups.

- Shashi K. Raina, Toronto

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