Police arrested a man who accused his Pakistani wife of dressing in a style he thought was too Western and then chased her up the street, striking her with the wooden handle of a shovel.

The man, 37, reportedly assaulted his wife, 32, in their home in Grezzago, a town about 30 kilometres from Milan, on Thursday.

When she fled outside, he gave chase, hitting her on the arm with the wooden handle.

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