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Italy’s deputy PM demands chemical castration for attackers who ‘gang-raped 13-year-old girl in public toilets’

Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister has demanded chemical castration for the attackers who allegedly gang-raped a teenage girl in public toilets. 

Matteo Salvini said the girl was ‘raped by a gang of seven Egyptians’ and that there can ‘only be one cure: chemical castration’.

The girl, 13, was sexually assaulted in the Villa Bellini park in Catania, Sicily, around 7.30pm on January 30 while on a walk with her 17-year-old boyfriend.

A group of young men forced the girl and her boyfriend into a public bathroom, where some of them held the boyfriend back while two others allegedly gang-raped the girl.

There are seven male suspects – three of them minors- who allegedly entered Italy illegally between November 2021 and March 2023 as ‘unaccompanied minors’, La Repubblica reports. The suspects are reportedly from Egypt and aged 15 to 19.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni – who was in Catania on a pre-arranged visit – said she was shocked about the rape. She expressed her sympathies for the victim and her family and promised that ‘justice will be done’. 

The girl, 13, was sexually assaulted in the Villa Bellini park in Catania, Sicily, around 7.30pm on January 30 while on a walk with her 17-year-old boyfriend (pictured: the public bathroom where she was raped)

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A group of young men forced the girl and her boyfriend into a public bathroom (pictured), where some of them held the boyfriend back while two others gang-raped the girl 

Matteo Salvini (pictured) said the girl was 'raped by a gang of seven Egyptians' and that there can 'only be one cure: chemical castration', the Sun reports

Matteo Salvini (pictured) said the girl was ‘raped by a gang of seven Egyptians’ and that there can ‘only be one cure: chemical castration’, the Sun reports

Salvini said the proposal for chemical castration would be presented by his Lega party soon, with Annalisa Tardino, MEP from the same party, adding: ‘We remain firm in the idea that chemical castration is needed for rapists and paedophiles, life imprisonment for similar episodes, as well as greater security in our cities.’

She also called for the suspects to be sent back to Egypt immediately. 

The girl said that two of the accused grabbed her while the others grabbed her boyfriend.  

‘And they took us to the bathrooms of the villa. It was a nightmare, there was no one there at that time,’ the girl told La Repubblica.

She said she was trying to free herself, as was her boyfriend, but they couldn’t overpower the seven teenagers.

Two of them allegedly raped her while the others watched. She said: ‘And they forced my boyfriend to watch too.’ 

‘He was screaming, he was desperate. I said: “I beg you, I beg you, don’t hurt me, let me go2.’

The rape went on for 30 minutes until the couple could finally break free and escape. They immediately alerted the Carabinieri, who managed to catch the group within 24 hours.

The victim has identified the two underage alleged perpetrators of the rape, police said yesterday. 

The rape in the public toilet (pictured) went on for 30 minutes until the couple could finally break free and escape. They immediately alerted the Carabinieri, who managed to catch the group within 24 hours

The rape in the public toilet (pictured) went on for 30 minutes until the couple could finally break free and escape. They immediately alerted the Carabinieri, who managed to catch the group within 24 hours

The girl was raped around 7.30pm on January 30 in the Villa Bellini park in Catania, Sicily (pictured)

The girl was raped around 7.30pm on January 30 in the Villa Bellini park in Catania, Sicily (pictured)

One of them is said to be one of the rapists while the other was one of the boys who watched and held back the girl’s boyfriend.

DNA evidence successfully linked one of the three minors to the rape, the prosecutor confirmed. 

While the girl could reportedly only identify two of the attackers out of fear of accusing an innocent person, her boyfriend identified the other five, Corriere reports.

According to the Catania prosecutor’s office, the seven suspects are accused of gang sexual violence. 

Two of the suspects – one of them the group’s oldest at 19 – have reportedly been helping with the investigation. Both say they were watching the attack but claim they did not rape the girl.

Four adults have been arrested, while the three minors are detained at the Precautionary First Reception Center in Catania. 

One of the minors tried to escape, but was caught when he returned home to grab some clothes, according to La Repubblica.

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