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Giulia Cecchettin case: Italy in shock after the death of a student stabbed by her ex-boyfriend

2023-12-04T17:46:23.277Z

Highlights: Italy in shock after the death of a student stabbed by her ex-boyfriend. Filippo Turetta, originally from Padua, was stopped by police near Leipzig, Germany, on 18 November. On the same day, the body of Giulia Cecchettin, also 22, was found in a ravine near Lake Barcis, about <> kilometres north of Venice. Upon arrest, the suspect told the police: "I killed my girlfriend," Corriere della Sera reported.


In Italy, the population, from the streets to politicians, is mobilizing after the death of a 22-year-old woman, killed by 26 stab wounds by her former partner.


This is the story of a femicide that shook an entire country: Italy. Filippo Turetta, originally from Padua, was stopped by police near Leipzig, Germany, on 18 November when he parked with his lights off on the hard shoulder of a motorway, running out of fuel. On the same day, the body of his former girlfriend and classmate, Giulia Cecchettin, also 22, was found in a ravine near Lake Barcis, about <> kilometres north of Venice, her head and neck stabbed. Upon arrest, the suspect told the police: "I killed my girlfriend," Corriere della Sera reported. A knife was found in his bag and blood stains covered his clothes and the seats of his car. The manhunt comes to an end, after a week of hunting.

Apart from Filippo Turetta's admission, the first elements of the investigation are damning. Giulia Cecchettin's death dates back to Sunday, November 12, as revealed by CCTV footage from a parking lot in Vigonovo, near where the victim's ex lived. This 22-minute sequence shows Giulia Cecchettin's final moments. According to the Italian press, the student was seen trying to flee, before being caught by Filippo Turetta. He then allegedly put duct tape over her mouth, forced her into his car, went to an industrial area, where he killed his ex-girlfriend. The autopsy revealed that Giulia Cecchettin died of hemorrhagic shock after receiving 26 stab wounds. Investigating judge Benedetta Vitolo described the scene as "unbelievably violent and ferocious".

105th victim of femicide

Giulia Cecchettin becomes the 105th victim of femicide recorded this year in Italy. But above all, we discover his face. That of a young Italian woman with no problems, freshly graduated, with friends, a loving family and professional projects. On social media, videos of her go viral. We see her smiling in the countryside, presenting her new denim overalls in front of her mirror, playing bowling...

Giulia Cecchettin and Filippo Turetta were 20 years old when they met at the university where they were studying engineering. The student is sunny, comfortable in her sneakers; her boyfriend is visibly less sociable and more tortured: a personality that will eventually convince Giulia to part with him. But Filippo Turetta doesn't accept the breakup and is determined to win back his ex. "Yesterday he wrote me things like 'I'll always be here waiting for you, you're the only thing that could make me happy, that could give me back the joy of life. If you could give me a second chance"... And other like that," Giulia Cecchettin said in voice messages to her friends. "The problem is that... I'm starting to get angry at him in the sense that I don't think I can handle him."

Victim of emotional blackmail

If Giulia can't completely cut ties with Filippo, it's because she's worried about the moral state of her ex, who is emotionally blackmailing her. "He tells me that he's super depressed, that he doesn't eat anymore, that he spends the day staring at the ceiling, that he has suicidal thoughts, that he wants to die, that he wants to commit suicide, that he can't find meaning in life anymore," he is still heard saying. "I really want to disappear from his life, but I don't know how to go about it. I feel guilty because I'm too scared that he might hurt himself in any way. I don't think he would because I feel like he's telling me these things more to get me to stay with him, but I can't get that possibility out of my head. The fact that I could be responsible for it, it kills me. I don't know how to deal with him."

As a reminder, emotional blackmail is identified as psychological violence, especially in the case of domestic violence.

Read alsoWhere does domestic violence begin?

Since then, in Italy, anger over the murder has been growing by the day. No one can hide their emotion at this tragedy and the image of this smiling young woman. So, instead of giving him a minute's silence, thousands of people across the country wanted to pay tribute to him through noise. A jolt that responds to a request made by Giulia Cecchettin's sister, Elena. In an open letter published in Corriere della Sera, she called for "making noise", "burning everything", in order to denounce "the patriarchal society" that she considers responsible for her sister's death.

The emotion of the political class

More than the cry from the heart of a country, the affair has taken on a political dimension. When Giulia Cecchettin's body was discovered on 19 November, the President of the Italian Council, Giorgia Meloni, immediately reacted on X (ex-Twitter): "We had all hoped in recent days that Giulia was alive. Sadly, our greatest fears have been realized. Killed. I feel infinite sadness when I see the smiling photographs of this young girl and, with sadness, great anger."

The legislative reaction was not long in coming either. As France Info notes, the Italian Senate unanimously adopted on November 22 a bill "aimed at strengthening measures to protect women" which had already been voted by the lower house. For her part, the secretary of the Italian Democratic Party, Elly Schlein, leader of the opposition to Giorgia Meloni, wants to go further and calls for the adoption of "a law that introduces education for respect in all schools" in the country, because "repression is not enough if there is no prevention." "The toxic culture of patriarchy exists and persists and it is a collective responsibility to end it, especially for men." Beyond political posturing, anger is brewing in this country where more than a hundred femicides were recorded in 2023. As of 19 November, data from the Ministry of the Interior counted 106 women killed this year, 87 in the family or emotional sphere, 55 of them by a spouse or ex. 106 too many.

Source: lefigaro

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