Restrictions on public indecency.
This is what is foreseen in a draft law by the Brothers of Italy, first signed by Deputy Minister Edmondo Cirielli, which modifies the penal code by restoring prison for this type of offence.
The stated objective in the illustration of the proposal submitted to the Chamber is "to combat the moral degradation that afflicts our community more adequately" and "strengthen the safety of citizens".
The aim is also to "protect public morality and morality".
Edmondo Cirielli's bill was presented before the government was formed
and is not part of the government's agenda".
Majority sources explain this in relation to the bill that proposes a crackdown on obscene acts in public places presented by Deputy Minister Cirielli "on 13 October".
The bill was in fact deposited in Montecitorio on 13 October.
The first article modifies article 527 of the penal code by providing that anyone who not only performs obscene acts but also
"shows himself naked" is punished with imprisonment from three months to three years
(currently only a fine of up to 30 thousand euros).
The provision relating to obscene acts "in or in the immediate vicinity of places usually frequented by minors" also increases: now prison terms range from four months to four years and six months, moving to imprisonment "from two to six years" .
If the offense occurs "due to fault" (ie without the will to commit a crime) the fine is up to 500 euros (currently the maximum penalty is 309 euros).
In the illustration of the bill, the rationale is also explained by the fact that "in recent years there has been an increasing frequency of degrading behavior on the national territory which
harms public morality and the safety of citizens in an alarming manner
". "Unfortunately - it is pointed out - these actions often take the form of real obscene acts.
Sometimes they are committed by immigrants present in various capacities on the national territory, regardless of the presence - on the streets - of other people, including minors". A separate chapter of the illustration of the proposal concerns prostitution, highlighting how the mere administrative sanction, albeit heavy, even for the 'customers' "they will never have the same general-preventive capacity of the criminal sanction". "Moreover: the application of a mere administrative sanction - it continues - is certainly not a deterrent for social alarm connected to the conduct of immigrants who, unaccustomed to customs,
lashes out against the bill
"When is the introduction of the morality police? This one wonders when reading the delusional explanatory report accompanying the bill on obscene acts filed by Fdi Cirielli's deputy minister", says the deputy and president of Più Europa.
"It would seem that Italy is invaded by people, especially immigrants, according to Cirielli they are the most lascivious and prone to such acts, who wander around stripped naked. The first Italian party really believes that the degradation of society and the risks for collective security are do they prevent it like this?”.
"Obscene acts in public places - continues Magi - are currently sanctioned and there is no
"Deputy Minister Cirielli is not new to these initiatives in defense of an alleged public morality. Now he is asking for prison for the clients of prostitutes if they leave by car but in an apartment males can exploit women's bodies as they wish. Same penalty Cirielli and Fdi ask for those who go around naked: tell us where are all these people who go around naked because we don't see them. It seems to us an initiative worthy of the most prurient moralism and the most opportunist machismo".
, group leader of Verdi and the Left in the Chamber, who adds: "every day this right proposes or invents a new crime, but didn't Minister Nordio say that it is necessary to reduce their number and decriminalize them?".