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Man held for beating pregnant wife, punishing with leftovers

Ostracized from rest of family

19 November, 14:40
Man held for beating pregnant wife, punishing with leftovers (ANSA) - Brindisi, November 19 - A man in southern Italy was arrested Tuesday for beating his wife while pregnant and ostracizing her from the rest of the family, feeding her only the leftovers at dinner while forcing her to sit away from the table. The husband, a 24-year-old Moroccan national, was taken into custody in accordance with the anti-femicide decree, passed by the Italian government in October following a wave of public outrage over violence against women. The violence in this case reached a peak in August during the mother's eighth month of pregnancy, when she was admitted to hospital with face and stomach injuries. She stayed under medical supervision until giving birth to a girl. Both the mother and child are now staying with relatives.

(photo: protesters demonstrate against domestic abuse)
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