Upskirting likely to become criminal offense in UK

Upskirting likely to become criminal offense in UK

Britain "upskirting" photos law would ban "hideous invasion of privacy" which has risen with smartphones

Commenting on Twitter, May said: "Upskirting is an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed".

She said making upskirting a specific offense would send a clear message that perpetrators will be punished.

Had the law passed, someone secretly taking a photo up a woman's skirt could have faced up to two years in prison.

On June 9, thousands of women in Seoul, South Korea, took to the streets to protest against upskirting and the related problem of "spycam porn", when the images or footage captured is circulated without the subject's consent.

After the legislation was blocked, Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "disappointed" it did not progress, adding: "I want to see these measures pass through parliament - with government support - soon".

Chope has previously blocked bills to prevent landlords from evicting tenants who complain about housing, and on a posthumous pardon for the second world war codebreaker Alan Turing, among others.

In a statement, campaigner Ms Martin said she had spoken to Sir Christopher, who agreed to discuss the Bill with her.

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Campaigner Gina Martin, who started an online campaign to outlaw upskirting previous year, said in a statement posted to Twitter that she was "extremely upset and disappointed" but remained positive.

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

The government said Friday it endorses the proposal ahead of a debate in Parliament.

Moments after blocking the upskirting Bill, Sir Christopher also opposed Finn's Law, Government-backed plans to give police dogs and horses extra legal protections from attack, and also talked out attempts to reform mental health units.

It means the Bill will have to return for another Friday Private Members Bill session, on July 6, if it is to have any hope of becoming law in this Parliamentary term. 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.

"Don't underestimate just how furious many Tory MPs are about this", tweeted Paul Masterton, a new MP who is 39 years Sir Christopher's junior.

A specific law against upskirting already exists in Scotland.

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