A violent attack on a gay couple in Italy has prompted calls for politicians to speed up the passage of a hate crime law in the country.
The gay couple were assaulted at the Valle Aurelia metro train station in Rome in February. Part of the incident was captured on video and shared by local activist groups and broadcast by Italian media this week.
One of the man said the attacker punched and kicked him after verbally confronting him for kissing his boyfriend, who he also attacked.
“We were waiting for the last train to go home,” he told Gaynews.
“While my boyfriend and I were kissing, we suddenly heard a man shout from the other platform, ‘What are you doing? Aren’t you ashamed?’”
The perpetrator then crossed the train tracks and assaulted the couple, he said.
“After replying ‘But what do you care?’ and having resumed kissing with my partner, the guy crossed the tracks,” the man recalled.
The man said the stranger punched and kicked him and struck his partner in the eye before fleeing. Fortunately neither of the men suffered serious injuries.
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Italy politicians called on to pass hate crime law
Italian politicians expressed outrage about the attack and called for the passage of a proposed hate crime bill.
The bill would add LGBT people, disabled people and women to existing legislation banning hate crimes based on race, ethnicity and religion.
However the proposed law sparked months of protests by far-right and Catholic groups.
The legislation passed the Italian parliament’s lower house last November. However a national election and far-right politicians have complicated the bill’s passage through the upper house. The government hasn’t yet set a date for debate.
In Italy, LGBTIQ rights groups report hundreds of hate crime incidents each year. However sadly most of the crimes go unpunished, according to The Guardian.
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