Those who do not find it weird to take pictures of others without any hesitation have to rethink their action after the passing of a law against “Upskirting” in England.
Upskirting is the practice of filming up someone’s clothing without their consent or without them knowing. This new legislation was passed by the upper house of parliament on Tuesday and is now awaiting the rubber stamp of approval of Royal Assent.
The campaign was started by Gina Martin to outlaw Upskirting, online in 2017. After two years of her constant efforts, finally, the bill has passed that the offender will have to face up to two years in jail.
The campaign got hype after Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse took the matter to Parliament. It faced a setback in June 2018 when its progress was halted by lawmaker Christopher Chope, prompting cries of “shame” from other lawmakers.
The bill got attention and support of government officials when UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “disappointed” the attempt to make it a criminal offence did not progress.
After this news, Gina Martin posted a tweet saying she was over the moon that the bill had passed.
“After becoming a victim and recognizing the gap in the law, I.. partnered with Ryan Whelan, of Gibson Dunn and began 18 months of exhaustive, emotional and life-changing work,” she wrote.
“I always thought politics was (impenetrable), but with the right help and the willpower you can do it”
This law is already practised in Scotland since last ten years and several US and Australian states have legislated against the behaviour and it is illegal in New Zealand and India.
Now we have to see how much time it would take for our government to focus on such matters as they play a lot of role in how a society operates.