ROME, Feb 6, 2016:

An Italian woman faces six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Her husband made a formal complaint to the paramilitary Carabinieri police, saying that his wife was lazy, failed to put meals on the table and left their home in a dreadful mess, according to The Telegraph.

Rather than dismissing the case as a domestic dispute, the police referred it to judicial authorities.

They decided to send the matter to trial, with the 42-year-old wife facing between two and six years in prison if found guilty of the charge of “mistreatment within the family”.

The crime, article 572 in the Italian penal code, “punishes whoever mistreats a person in their family or a person entrusted to them for reasons of education, care or custody.”

Her husband, 47, accused her of “bad management of domestic affairs”, in a case that reinforces the image of the harassed Italian wife stirring a steaming pot of pasta sauce while small children run round her feet and the man of the house puts his feet up with a newspaper.

The couple live in the village of Sonnino, in the countryside south of Rome.

The husband complained that for the past two years he had been chronically neglected by his wife.

She failed to clean their house, refused to cook for him and on occasion kicked him out of the bedroom.

The trial is due to start in the town of Latina on Oct 12 and will be presided over by a female judge, Mara Mattioli.

“It’s a case that seems to have come from the 1950s and not from a country where equality between the sexes should be a given,” commented one Italian newspaper, Il Tempo.


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