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A reader asked the most difficult question in the world: ” Do you know how many femicides in present day? And furthermore: how many committed by non italian people?” Trying to decode the Rosette stem appears a simpler task than answer to this question. Basically it depends by the feminicide definition you are intended to have. There are many files, better to say countless ones, centered on different definitions and currents of thought. Anyway, you can find the more complete list at Corriere della Sera’s “La 27esima Ora” web page’ titled ” The massacre of women” (please do not laugh at that). There, by and large, you can find every and each infos about the topic, with a wide sprectrum criteria. Well, when i spent time to verify by myself, i was to fall from the chair. I was able to find, in the 2018, less that 50 femicide cases, when on the page of Laura Zangarini (it’s hard to say edited by her) you can find a 66 generic homicides. To go deeper i tried to apply some filters to find femicide cases only. The effort gave me a blank result, nothing at all. Filters were meant by year or by word, the femicide for sure . Curiously both of them cannot stay. You can tell a trick to evade the rules about definition.
I can’t help to investigate deeper the details of those 66 murdered women, trying to understand the criteria used to file them (i will disclose you the final result: no criteria at all!). So i decide to study any and each case having firmly in my mind the murderes are all males. Finally i noted down these categories:
- sister murdered in aged and sick cases (with suicide)
- homicide/suicide of aged and sick couples
- homicide/suicide of “official couple”
- homicide in a non engaged relation (friends, lovers, acquaintaces)
- homicide of “official couple”
- homicide of mother (or by kinsman)
- homicide of a son by father (with suicide)
- homicide of a son by mother (with suicide)
For every of these categories i collected more useful informations as: italians and foreign murderers, if it was a social awkwardness (distress, drug addiction, mental sickness, and so), if it was unintetional and if the final outcome was a suicide (when not present a definition ). Filed data about 66 murdered women during 2018, as collected by web page “”La 27esima Ora” can be summarized in the following scheme:
|homicide/suicide of “official couple”||36%||71%||29%|
|homicide of “official couple”||24%||56%||44%|
|homicide of mother (or by kinsman)||12%||75%||25%|
|homicide/suicide of aged and sick couples||9%||100%||–|
|homicide in a non engaged relation (friends, lovers, acquaintaces)||8%||80%||20%|
|homicide of a son by father (with suicide)||8%||60%||40%|
|homicide of a son by mother (with suicide)||2%||–||100%|
|sister murdered in aged and sick cases (with suicide)||2%||100%||–|
It’s useful to highlight the given motives and procedures of murders, the very core of crimes. They appears to be widely differents: economic affairs, fear for divorce side effects, jealousy, enraging, losing of control. In the previous scheme you can find many of crimes are involuntary manslaughters, followed by intentional crimes and first degree murders. In 14% of the final sum the crime arised from distress inside homicide/suicide couples, homicide of couple, murder of mother, homicide in a non engaged relation. In 25% of murders of mother cases, suicide followed the crime.
We are facing a very jagged view, depicting a vast majority of homicide/suicide cases inside troublesome couples. Further drawing a male ineptitude to manage the relation or it’s end. Nonetheless all those cases come to an end with the death of both, man and woman alike. Most of all, we must remind the starting question: How many femicides occured during 2018? Since “La 27esima Ora” resists to state a clear definition, i get the chance to do it. Femicide cannot be defined as a crime committed by a man to woman “in so far as woman”. None of the 66 murderers put forth such stupid reason. As stated before we have faced always jealousy, matter of personal interests and so. An array of defined reasons leading, at the very end, to commit murder, even a man on a man and woman
Finally we must scope out the cases when murderer engaged an official relation with the victim. Husbands, boyfriends, knowers, or exs as well. To be kind, i widen the field to get inside unofficial relations too. So we add crimes with women killed by friends, lovers and knowers. I won’t consider exploited and exploiting statistics. I will rub out all the cases, in respect of decency, about brothers and aged husbands that killed their sick sisters or wifes suffering from alzheimer. These cases often ended with a suicide, and we must be merciful with them. So we have a whole lot of 45 so called femicides (40 deducting friends, lovers etc). That is 0,075 women killed in a 100.000 denizens; 0,15 in a 100.000 women at all. A ridicolus sum. We are facing phisiologic altough dramatic events.
So let see what about the differences between italian and foreign people regarding “femicide” definition. We have a 67% (30) crimes committed by italians against a 33% (15) committed by foreing ones. These very values must be placed on the territory: 30 men charged of femicide on a whole lot of 25 millions, representing a really tiny rate compared to a 15 foreign men charged of same crimes on a basis of 3 milions (lating estimates of foregin men in Italy). Both of them represent rates meaningless, to tell the truth. Most of all, we must keep in mind this aspect when facing the Femicide enigma (elseway Femicide crap?) phenomenon in our country. Let reminds that when next 25 november, our pasionarias will gather to cry loud we all are brutal killers.
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