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A United Kingdom campaign to criminalize upskirting

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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.

Parliamentary rules make it hard for bills introduced by backbench lawmakers, rather than the government, to make progress. It involves taking a photo or video under someone's skirt or dress without their consent. It has become more common with the spread of smartphones in recent years.

Gina Martin, who launched a campaign demanding change, said she was "obviously extremely upset and disappointed that Sir Chope made a decision to object on this vitally important bill".

"It can not be tolerated, so it is absolutely right that the Government supports this Bill to make "upskirting" a specific offence".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 23, 2018.

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. "We knew this was a risk - but I stand with powerful, passionate women and men behind me, and am confident that Lucy Fraser is committed to - and will - close this gap in the law".

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Her comments provoked much offense on social media and her colleague, who heads the sports committee took a different line on the matter.

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

"I'm positive and hopeful that he (Sir Christopher) will become a supporter".

It will be returned to the house for another Friday Private Members Bill session on July 6, again with government support.

Clare McGlynn, professor of law at Durham University and an expert on sexual violence, said: "The criminalisation of upskirting announced on Friday is a welcome first step towards a more comprehensive law protecting victims of all forms of image-based sexual abuse, which also includes so-called revenge porn".

The new law would bring the punishment for upskirting in line with other existing voyeurism offences, and will see offenders face a maximum of two years in prison.

While Scotland has had its own law on upskirting for nearly a decade, there is no specific legislation against the intrusive act in England and Wales, according to the UK's Press Association.


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