Italian Town Considering Miniskirt Ban

A seaside town in Southern Italy is considering a ban on women wearing miniskirts and other revealing outfits.

The ban, proposed by the mayor of Castellammare di Stabia, would also cover outfits that show too much cleavage and low-rise jeans.

Mayor Luigi Bobbio says the restrictions would "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence" in the town near Naples.

He has asked the local council to approve a measure that includes fines of $35 to $696 for offenders.

The mayor's initiative is being backed by the local parish priest.

''I think it's the right decision,'' Don Paolo Cecere tells the Cronache di Napoli newspaper. ''It's also a way of combating the rise in sexual harassment."

Bobbio's plan also includes bans on blasphemous language and playing soccer in the town's public parks.

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