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Victim Who Needed 14-Stitches Too Ugly To be Raped According To Judges

The reason given by an Italian appeals court for overturning a rape verdict, that the victim was too ugly to be raped, has sparked outrage in the country.

Despite a doctor confirming the injuries, which included 14 stitches to her vagina, to be consistent with rape, a 22-page ruling by the three female judges claimed men "didn't find her attractive, she was too masculine" and a photo in the file 'confirmed' that to the judges according to CNN.

The victim’s lawyer, called the judges’ reasoning “disgusting,” and filed an appeal -- noting her client has had suffered severe genital trauma.

Italy's justice ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict on the grounds that the victim was too ugly to be raped.

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It was in 2016 two men were convicted of raping the woman in Anacona in Italy, in 2015.

The ruling has sparked outrage in Italy, including a flash mob on Monday outside the Ancona court where protesters shouted "Shame!" and held up signs saying "indignation".

Italian Protest
Women protest against the ruling. Image: Twitter/The Local Italy.

The appeals sentence was handed down in 2017 but the reasons behind it only emerged when Italy's high court annulled it on March 5 and ordered a retrial.

The Court of Cassation said on Wednesday its own reasons for ordering the retrial will be issued next month.

The Justice Ministry says two Peruvian men convicted in the 2015 assault successfully argued the woman was too "masculine" to be a victim.

Initially, one of the men had been sentenced to five years in prison as the other got three years for standing watch.

-With AAP