Italian town bans scanty clothing
Skimpily clothed women in the town of Castellammare di Stabia in southern Italy are to be fined by the police under new regulations banning "very scanty clothing".
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 antisocial behaviour.
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 Miniskirt Day rally.
"Miniskirts are not included in the ban," Mr Bobbio said before the vote.
"Miniskirts are not considered very scanty clothing unless they're so small that they are no longer a skirt and they leave the undergarment showing."
Following the vote, he said the ban made Castellammare "a civilised city".
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.