The Italian legal system have launched an inquiry after it came to light that a rape verdict was overturned on the unusual grounds that the victim was too ugly to be raped.
According to Sky News, the inquiry comes as protests were held in the city of Ancona.
It is understood that two Peruvian nationals, who were convicted for rape back in 2015, successfully argued that their conviction should be overturned.
The two men who appealed the decision in 2017, had their argument which stated that the woman involved was too masculine to rape – approved by an all female panel.
It is reported that the unusual ruling came to light after the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation reviewed the judgment and demanded a retrial.
The latest developments have led to widespread protest in the city as many protesters stated that the ruling was wrong given that rape wasn’t about sexual pleasure or desire. But instead it was about inflicting hatred, causing pain and distress to the victim.