Religion: Killing for Chastity

Is a woman justified in killing to protect her chastity? Last week Rome heard a Jesuit priest take the air to answer the question with a resounding yes.

The Rev. Virginio Rotondi, a scholar who discusses religious questions on television, was talking about a case that had excited all Italy last month. Set upon by five teenagers who tried, unsuccessfully to rape her, pretty Alba Sbrighi, 19, had stabbed and killed one of her assailants with a rusty jackknife. Popular opinion was solidly behind Alba, who is now at liberty pending trial for murder. (The four remaining youths who attacked her are...

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