Law to make 'upskirting' photos illegal thwarted by one man

Law to make 'upskirting' photos illegal thwarted by one man

Law to make 'upskirting' photos illegal thwarted by one man

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, who has regularly spoken in favour of the campaign to criminalise upskirting in Westminster, said: "Relentless pressure from campaigners has finally forced the Government to accept that specific legislation is needed to put an end to this intrusive, abusive and sexist practice".

British Justice Minister Lucy Frazer called the practice "a disgusting invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed".

An attempt to make upskirting a criminal offense in the United Kingdom, punishable by up to two years in prison, has been blocked by a lawmaker in the ruling Conservative Party. However the same year, a Texas court upheld its citizens' constitutional right to take upskirt photos, referencing the right to freedom of speech.

"I am disappointed the Bill didn't make progress in the Commons today, and I want to see these measures pass through Parliament - with government support - soon".

Martin said she was outraged by Sir Chope blocking the bill's progress in a statement on social media.

So Martin made a decision to start a campaign to make the practice a criminal offense.

The news Friday morning that the government was backing the bill led many to believe that the legislation could have a smooth passage through both Houses of Parliament.

Upskirting - the act of taking a picture up a woman's skirt without her consent - has been the subject of a campaign by Gina Martin, a member of the public who was a victim of upskirting, who said she was "extremely upset and disappointed" by the objection.

Ms Martin said she remained "hopeful" and had arranged a meeting to discuss it with Sir Christopher.

His objection was met with booing from other members of parliament. We knew this was a risk - but I now stand with powerful, passionate women and men behind me, and I am confident that (junior minister) Lucy Frazer is committed to - and will - close this gap in the law.

Sir Christopher is a leading member of a group of backbench Conservatives who make a practice of ensuring that what they see as well-meaning but flabby legislation is not lazily plopped on to the statute book by a few MPs on a poorly-attended Friday sitting. Stephen Smith talks about Ireland's most durable rugby star on The Architects of Business, JOE's new show in partnership with EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™, also available on iTunes and YouTube.

A United Kingdom campaign to criminalize upskirting, the practice of filming up someone's clothing to see their genitals or underwear, looks set to succeed after the government announced its support for the new law Friday.

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