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Upskirting is set to become a criminal offence


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She's done it!

Pending the Queen's agreement, upskirting will become a criminal offence punishable by two years in prison thanks to the work of activist Gina Martin.

The assault involves pictures being taken under a person's clothing, with the intention of viewing their genitals. 

Image courtesy of Gina Martin

Activist Gina Martin, launched the campaign after she was upskirted during a festival by a group of men after rejecting their advances multiple times. She grabbed the phone and informed the police, whilst simultaneously showing them the pictures. 

In an interview with Victoria Derbyshire, Martin revealed that her case 'was dropped by police almost immediately.'

When asked how the police dealt with the case, Gina disclosed that there was 'confusion around legislation' concerning upskirting. She was told there was nothing much that the police could do. 

Her family, including cousins from Spain, arrived at Parliament for the final reading of the Bill.

The reading took place yesterday at the House of Lords, no amendments were made meaning that both Houses agreed on the wording of the Bill. 

The government are awaiting the Royal Assent from the Queen in order to pass the Bill as an Act of Parliament. However, the Royal Assent has not been withheld since the 1707 Scottish Militia. Both Gina and her campaign partner and lawyer Ryan Whelan are confident that the Queen will pass the Bill. 

Baroness Chakrabarti, who was present at the third reading, applauded Gina for converting an 'original indignity' into a 'powerful campaign.' She further paid tribute to Ryan for the 'campaigning partnership.'

A date for the Royal Assent has not yet been set.

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