Fratelli d’Italia wants the repression of obscene acts in public places: the prison returns

Fratelli d’Italia wants the repression of obscene acts in public places: the prison returns

Fratelli d’Italia wants a crackdown on obscene acts in public places. The bill signed by deputy and undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Edmondo Cirielli was forwarded to the Chamber’s Justice Commission at the aforementioned notary’s office, which reintroduces the criminal procedure of obscene acts in a public place “as – the text reads – a crime and not a mere administrative offence”. And therefore “whoever, in a public or open place or exposed to the public, shows himself naked or performs obscene acts” must be punished – this is the request – “with imprisonment from three months to three years”. The objective is also to repress those who take advantage of prostitution practiced on public roads. “The ‘clients'” are “protected from heavy administrative sanctions, but do not have” the same general-preventive capacity as criminal sanctions”.

The Fdi exponent recalls that the legislative decree of January 15, 2016 provided for the decriminalization of some types of crime, transforming them into administrative offences. The law in force provides for an administrative fine of between 5,000 and 30,000 euros to be applied to anyone who commits obscene acts in a public place or open or exposed to the public (the criminal procedure continues only if the conduct is committed in or near places usually frequented by minors). Previously, however, imprisonment of three months to three years was applied. The fact is – argues Cirielli – that “in recent years there has been an increasing frequency of degrading behavior in the national territory that attack public morality and the security of citizens in an alarming way. Frequently, unfortunately, these actions take the form of real obscene acts. They are sometimes committed by immigrants present in the national territory for a different reason, regardless of the presence – on the streets – of other people, including minors”.

For Cirielli, «the application of a mere administrative sanction is certainly not a deterrent to the social alarm associated with the behavior of immigrants who, unused to the customs, habits and ethical and legal norms that regulate civil coexistence in our society and uprooted from their origins, sometimes perform obscene or degrading actions in our cities. Many times, in fact, we find out from the local news, or witness in person, of immigrants who roam the streets naked, or rather, undress, regardless of the presence of other people, often even minors». Thus – defends the Fdi exponent – “to better combat the moral degradation that afflicts our community and reinforce the security of the citizens we represent, it would be more effective to repress the phenomenon through the replacement of more incisive punitive instruments compared to those foreseen in the law in vigor, fruit of decriminalization”. Everything to see if the parliamentary process will continue.

Source: IL Tempo