Two 22-year-old men were cleared of taking advantage of a woman in 2017, but the real reason of why they were cleared was only made public last week.
Judges said that both of the men found the woman “unattractive”, and one of the reasons he cleared them was because one of them had stored her phone number in his phone under “Viking”, alluding that she had a masculine frame.
Hundreds of people have gathered around in a demonstration against the decision outside the courthouse on Monday.
The hundreds of demonstrators shouted “For Shame!” outside the courthouse in Ancona, Italy, and they accused the justice system of misogyny.
The two men had previously been convicted of taking advantage of a Peruvian woman back in 2015, but the appeals court threw out those charges too because, apparently, the woman’s story was “not believable”.
The woman accused one of the men of taking advantage of her while the other one stood guard, after they put an illegal substance in her drink.
The judges, however, ruled that it was “not possible to exclude the possibility” that it was the woman who “organized” the evening according to reports, even after the doctors claimed that her injuries were consistent with a forcible violation.
The judges said that the men “didn’t even like the girl, to the point of having stored her number under the nickname “Viking”, which, they said, is an allusion to a masculine figure, rather than a feminine figure.
To make things worse, they even added that the photo present in her file would appear to confirm that.