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Brazilian mayor seeks Lent ban on mini skirts and cleavage

A new law could ban Brazilian women from wearing mini skirts, shorts and plunging necklines during Lent.

The mayor of the city of Aparecida says he wants to introduce the law to enforce the country's faith.

Women who break it would be fined $A42 during Lent and twice that during Holy Week.

Jose Luis Rodrigues told Jornal da Tarde: "It is good to maintain good habits and this would be no big sacrifice during 40 days."

The administrator of the National Basilic of Aparecida, Darci Nicioli, said the law wouldn't reflect the church's way of thinking. "We are more concerned about people's hearts," he said.