Florence, the parents’ battle to introduce the “moral contest”
The last time he saw his daughter was on the landing of the house. “I told her not to get off, I was afraid it could be dangerous, but she got off anyway, she even left her cell phone on the bed, she hugged me as she did every time, she said she would be back in five minutes”, remembers Ms. Paola. Michela Noli, her daughter, however, has never returned. That evening she got into the car of her husband from whom she was divorcing, he took her to the Arno bank and killed her with 47 stab wounds. Then Mattia Di Teodoro took his own life.
Six years have passed since that tragic May 15th. The memory of Michela still lives in this house, in the Isolotto district of Florence. Under Michela’s pillow there is still her pajamas. The duvet is always there, white with black flowers. The blanket with the white hearts is always there too. And then the five soft toys, especially cats. Michela’s room has remained the same. Everything is in her place, as if she had gone out that evening and then returned home, as if that bed was still waiting for her for the night. But no, at the age of 31 Michela was a victim of femicide. For days her husband had been tormenting her, she did not accept her decision to leave him. He had sent chilling messages to her friends: “I’ll stab her in the heart and then put the knife in my throat.” Everyone gave it little weight. And this is precisely what hurts the most to Paola and Massimo, Michela’s parents. «Mattia’s friends and parents knew what she had in mind, but they kept quiet, underestimating her words and those messages from her. Michela could have saved herself if someone had spoken ».
For a new law
This is why they are now fighting their battle: that for a law that punishes those who know but are silent, those who fail to report the existence of a concrete risk. «We ask that a typical cause of moral concurrence in the crime of murder, which is criminally relevant, be introduced. It could prevent many murders that women are too often victims of ”. The parliamentarians Piera Aiello (Mixed Group), Lucia Azzolina and Stefania Ascari (M5S) are working on the bill. A collection of signatures for a popular initiative law will also start shortly. “This battle gives us the strength to live,” say the parents. In all the rooms of the house there is a portrait of Michela, they are the drawings of mother Paola, she paints to exorcise the pain. «Michela is still with us, she looks at us from every angle». She lives in the memories of a lifetime. “When she was two I would put her to sleep rocking her with Genesis songs, right here, in this room.” The father is moved. He is a musician, like him his wife. They sing together in dance clubs. Stage name Max and Paula. When they sing they look at each other, in their eyes there is a reflection of Michela. They still love each other, perhaps now more than before. «When Michela was three years old, returning from an evening, we took Michela with us to the sea, in our house, without waking her. In the morning she was so happy with this surprise. ”
Surfing from the Maldives
On the front door, here are the magnets she brought from her travels: a surf from the Maldives, a donkey from Sardinia, a boomerang from Australia, where she had been on her honeymoon. Then the Edinburgh magnet, where she had celebrated 30 years with her mother. She was a simple person, Michela, she had learned from her parents, so light and at the same time fighting. Now they struggle to save more lives. And they sing. In the living room there is a keyboard, a guitar, the corner bar as if it were a disco. Even the psychedelic lights. And that song written for her by her mother, and sung by her mother: “I know you will come back tonight, as always, and that door you will open and love will enter.”
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