MPs to vote on proposal to make misogyny a hate crime

MPs to vote on proposal to make misogyny a hate crime

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Misogyny could be treated as a hate crime under new laws banning upskirting that are due to be voted on by MPs. 

Labour MP Stella Creasy is seeking an amendment to new anti-voyeurism legislation that will make taking unsolicited pictures under someone’s clothing a crime.

The Voyeurism (Offences) Bill will close a gap in the law and allow judges to jail offenders for up to two years.

It is due to be in the House of Commons on Wednesday. 

The amended law would allow a sentencing judge to take into account if the offender "demonstrated towards the victim of the offence hostility based on the victim having (or being presumed to have) a particular sex characteristic".

 

‘Help make sure everyone is free to walk our streets’

Ms Creasy said that MPs voting on the Bill had "a chance to help make sure everyone is free to walk our streets without fear of harassment".

She wrote on Twitter: "Ask your MP to back amendment 7 to the voyeurism bill to treat misogynistic behaviour as hate crime."

The amendment has been backed by a number of MPs including Conservative former women and equalities minister Nicky Morgan.

However, the bill has already suffered a setback after Conservative MP Christopher Chope single-handedly blocked the bill in June.

The Tory grandee said he was acting on a long-held principle that has seen him routinely oppose backbench private members' bills.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said of Ms Creasy's amendment: "We already have robust legislation that can be used to protect women from a range of crimes.

"We are determined to see the upskirting bill passed as soon as possible, to better protect victims and bring offenders to justice."