Italian man sues wife for ‘negligence in household duties’

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An Italian woman has been sued by her husband for her “bad management of housework” – and could face up to six years in prison if found guilty – after a court accepted a lawsuit filed by the annoyed man, according to local media.

A court in the town of Sonnino in the province of Latina decided to prosecute the housewife after the man from Lazio filed a court complaint accusing her of failing to provide adequate care for him and their household.

According to preliminary hearing, the 40-year-old woman had been “insulting” her 47-year-old spouse by not cooking or cleaning enough for him, Italian media reported.

The food bought for the table, the man alleges, routinely ended up in the trash, instead of a being cooked for family meals. He claims that her “negligence” as a wife also forced him to “live in conditions with poor hygiene.” He also says that he had been forced out of their marital bed.

The case has been the accepted by the judge, Mara Mattioli, of the Court of Latina, who decided to send the woman to trial. Prosecutor Gregorio Capasso already initiated an investigation into the complaint. The housewife potentially faces two to six years in prison if proven guilty during a court process due to begin in October.