Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is under attack for making an insensitive remark about rape, a violent crime has become a national concern, The Telegraph reports. The controversy emerged after Berlusconi responded to critics that the 3,000 soldiers patrolling Italian streets have not reduced crime. Vowing to increase the patrols “ten-fold,” the 72-year-old billionaire known for his flippant remarks about women added that the pulchritude of Italian women made the task futile: “We could not field a big enough force to avoid this risk [of rape]. We would need so many soldiers because our women are so beautiful,” he said. The remarks come in the wake of three brutal rapes in Rome in the past month.
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