'Scanty Clothing' Banned in Italian Seaside Town

by Rathi Manohar on  October 26, 2010 at 9:19 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Castellammare di Stabia in southern Italy has banned scanty clothing and its police can fine skimply-clothed women who break the rule.
 'Scanty Clothing' Banned in Italian Seaside Town
'Scanty Clothing' Banned in Italian Seaside Town

The ban will include skirts judged to be too short, jeans that are too low-slung and necklines that are too plunging and is intended to guard against anti-social behaviour, a spokesman for the town council told AFP.

Mayor Luigi Bobbio of Italy's ruling People of Freedom party defended the much-derided new legislation, which prompted a small protest by female members of the opposition Democratic Party who held a "Mini-skirt Day" rally.

"Mini-skirts are not included in the ban. Mini-skirts are not considered very scanty clothing unless they're so small that they are no longer a skirt and they leave the undergarment showing," Bobbio said before the vote.

Following the vote, he said the ban made Castellammare "a civilized city."

But a protester outside the town council on Monday held up a placard reading: "The only ones in just their underwear are Castellammare's workers" -- an apparent reference to threatened job cuts at the town's shipyard.

The new rules also ban blaspheming, sunbathing in public and playing football in many public areas -- a hugely popular pastime in the town.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government has given Italy's mayors greater powers to enforce measures seen as improving public order.

Source: AFP

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