Improving standards of public decency in Italy

Castellammare di Stabia, a seaside town in Italy, is aiming to take advantage of new powers to crack down on what is deemed to be anti-social behaviour, the intention being to ban miniskirts and other revealing clothing to improve what the mayor calls standards of public decency.

The new dress code would effectively outlaw everything from miniskirts to low-cut jeans and offenders would face fines of between €25 and €500 euros.

There will also be a ban on sunbathing, playing football in public places, and blasphemy, if the proposals are approved at a council meeting.

Castellammare di Stabia is latest city to make use of the extra powers handed down by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a paragon of virtue and role model, to local mayors in the effort to fight crime and confront anti-social behaviour.

Other places in Italy have banned sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats, wooden clogs and the use of lawnmowers at weekends.

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