‘Up skirt’ snappers face jail
TAKING photos up a woman’s skirt is due to become a specific offence, with culprits facing up to two years in jail.
The Government yesterday announced it is backing a Bill to criminalise the act.
The Voyeurism (Offences) Bill, proposed by Wera Hobhouse, Lib Dem MP for Bath, is now expected to be nodded through the Commons, unless there are any objections.
Gina Martin, 26, who faced rape threats and abuse after launching a campaign against upskirting, said: “This is great news.
“There is still a way to go but it looks now like the Bill will go through without too much of a hitch.”
Justice Minister Lucy Frazer said: “This behaviour is a hideous invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded.
“By making upskirting a specific offence, we are sending a clear message that it will not be tolerated.”