Man attacks wife 'for having a headache'

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An Italian man from the northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia has been arrested for allegedly attacking his wife for having a headache.

The 52-year-old is reported to have “gone berserk” after his wife spent too long in bed nursing a severe headache, ArticoloTre reported.

He is alleged to have pulled her out of bed by the neck and punched her several times on the body and face.

The woman has reportedly suffered violence at the hands of her husband for 15 years. 

Violence against women has escalated in Italy, with more than 100 women a year killed as a result of gender-based violence, according to women's groups.

Last year, the government passed a series of measures aimed at tackling the problem, including increased penalties for certain forms of domestic violence as well as reforms aimed at making it easier for domestic violence to be reported.

In November, Prime Minister Enrico Letta declared a "total war" against domestic violence.

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"If we can implement legislation on violence against women then our country can truly change," he said.

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