Staring equals sexual harassment?

It does in Italy and can earn you a ten day suspended sentence.

LECCO, Italy (Reuters) – An Italian man was given a suspended jail sentence for staring too intensely at a woman sitting in front of him on a train.

A judge sentenced the man in his 30s, whose name was not revealed, to 10 days in prison and a 40 euro fine after a 55-year old woman filed a complaint for sexual harassment.

His lawyer said on Friday he would appeal the sentence. The court will explain its verdict later.

The two met on two separate occasions in 2005 on a commuter train going from Lecco, a town in northern Italy, to Milan.

The first time, the man sat next to the woman but she felt he had moved too close for comfort. The next day, the man sat in front of the same woman and according to her complaint, stared at her for the whole journey.

The two did not speak.

If the man spoke, the judge may have really thrown the book at the accused.

Is the world going insane? A month or so ago, a South Korean woman said taking a woman’s photo even in public without her permission constituted harassment? I wonder how many years that will add up to for all the photos I took while on vacation over the years where people are in the background. Tourists will need to get signed releases in the future.

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