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Bergamo prosecutor's comments spark controversy

Advised women to seek escorts at night, after rape case

16 January, 17:29
Bergamo prosecutor's comments spark controversy (ANSA) - Bergamo, January 16 - A prosecutor in the northern Italian city of Bergamo who said a rape highlighted the dangers of women going out alone after dark ignited controversy and a rain of criticism from local politicians on Wednesday. "I say this with all bitterness, but it would be better if women did not go out alone in the evening," Prosecutor Francesco Dettori told L'Eco di Bergamo after the rape of a 24-year-old woman which led to the house arrest of a 32-year-old Kosovar. "The duty of someone in charge of public management is not to surrender to criminality but to furnish better security to citizens," said Matteo Oriani, a provincial councilman and member of the centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) Party. A centre-left Democratic Party (PD) candidate from Bergamo for the regional elections, Elisabetta Olivari, said, "Is he suggesting we stay at home? To give up evening appointments because we're women? I will continue to circulate my ideas even after (afternoon) cocktail hours".