Stalking: a crime, not just for VIPs

Stalking: a crime, not just for VIPs

Thanks to the clamor provoked by the VIP cases, the jurisprudence finally feels the need to include in our system a law to punish repeated persecutory acts and persistent harassment

Star victims of stalking

If there are laws today that oppose stalking, it is also due to the suffering of not a few celebrities, both foreign and homegrown, who in the course of waving careers have come across dangerous and obsessive admirers.

We start talking about stalking when the attentions of some unbalanced fans towards their heroes, actors or public figures, go beyond the sign arriving at death threats or even the actual murder. The first antistalking law was introduced in California in 1991, following the sad end of two actresses, Teresa Saldana and Rebecca Shoeffer, murdered by their respective offenders. All the other States follow closely, then Canada and England in 1997.

But even in our parts, it is not a joke at all. Catherine Spaak met her personal stalker at a Buddhist meditation course, Irene Pivetti even compiled for the police a personal archive of "harmless madmen" and "dangerous fools", while Hunziker collects psychopaths that, despite convictions, continue to threaten her with death.

Thanks to the clamor caused by the VIP cases, the jurisprudence finally feels the need to insert a law in our system to punish repeated persecutory acts and persistent harassment. Not only of the famous, but also of ordinary people (most of the time women) victims of "fatal attractions" by ex-spouses, unmarried boyfriends, unworthy colleagues and rejected suitors. To get an idea of ​​the phenomenon, just think that in recent years, more than 20% of Italians have been victims of this type of behavior. And about 10% of the voluntary murders in Italy in the same period, had as prologue acts of stalking (data from the National Stalking Observatory).

Today the new article 612 bis of the penal code, the so-called Carfagna-Alfano decree, fills the regulatory gap that plagued our country in this matter. The persecutory acts are henceforth a crime in all respects and as such are punished with imprisonment up to 4 years.

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