Photographing Women’s Skirts Is Now Imprisoned

The British Parliament passes a law banning “upskirting”. A 27-year- old activist from England celebrates the success of her campaign.

upskirting law in Britain

The House of Lords of the British Parliament has passed a law against photographing under women’s skirts and thus the success of the month- long campaign of a young Englishwoman. 27-year-old activist Gina Martin celebrated Tuesday’s ban on Twitter: “I’m exhausted and so happy,” Martin wrote Wednesday.

However, the decision because of the also taking place on the same day Brexit vote in the lower house little attention.

Martin had taken up the fight against the secret photography under skirts and dresses (in English: “Upskirting”) after its own painful experience. In July 2017, she was initially harassed by a stranger at
a music festival in London. Then he took a picture under her skirt and sent it to a friend via the text message service Whatsapp.

She had alerted the police, who had forced the man to erase the image. The investigation against the suspect, however, were soon set. The reason: The offense was then in England and Wales not punishable,
unlike in Scotland.

“That was the drop that made the barrel overflowing,” Martin said. She launched a petition for a ban on the secret images. She collected more than 110,000 signatures. At the same time she had to take hate
messages to rape threats in the social networks.

In the meantime, the project was even threatened with failure, as a conservative MP in the lower house blocked the law. The government of Prime Minister Theresa May, however, took on the matter in a
bipartisan initiative and brought the ban through the lower house.

With the decision of the House of Lords on Tuesday “Upskirting” is also prohibited in England and Wales, perpetrators are threatened with imprisonment.

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