- A man applied for divorce from his wife after allegedly finding her floating in the air
- The "possessed" woman also reportedly threw a church pew towards the altar with just one hand
- A court granted the man the divorce
A Milan court granted an Italian man divorce from his wife last week after he made an application claiming his wife was "possessed by the devil."
According to reports, the unnamed man claimed that his wife had experienced unusual and "inexplicable behavior," including levitation or floating in the air, for a decade.
The woman’s sister, a priest and a Capuchin monk also confirmed the strange behavior, adding that they had even seen her throw a church pew towards the altar with just one hand.
The husband said these episodes of "demonic possession" drove him to seek divorce from his wife, with whom he has two children.
In view of reports by doctors and psychiatrists, the judge ruled that the woman was healthy and the incidents could therefore not be attributed to illness. In addition, the court heard that exorcists had tried praying for the woman but the incidents kept recurring.
The judge therefore granted the man a no-fault divorce from his wife. Italy, a staunchly Catholic country, had no provision for divorce until 1970.
Further relaxations in the periods of official separation to just one year—and six months in case of mutual separation—have seen a 57 percent surge in divorce rates in the country.
Watch a video of a women alleged to have been possessed in a train below.