Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/28/malawi_legislation/

Malawi poised to outlaw farting

Clampdown on undisciplined bowels

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 28th January 2011 13:56 GMT

Malawi is determined to “mould responsible and disciplined citizens” with a law banning the breaking of wind.

The Local Courts Bill of 2010 is set to be presented before a forthcoming parliamentary session by Justice Minister George Chaponda.

The legislation also targets ne'er-do-wells "disturbing religious assemblies", "trespassing on burial places", "insulting the modesty of a woman" or "challenging to fight a duel", as well as those who pass the time by pretending to be a fortune teller...

One unimpressed Malawian reportedly commented: “How can this government criminalise the release of intestinal gases? Everyone does that, even if it’s in public or it has an accompanying sound which is boring; making it criminal is a joke of democracy." ®