Upskirting is now a criminal offense in England and Wales, after a campaign by a woman who was targeted by an offender at a music festival The offense, which involves taking a photo under an individual’s clothing with the intention of viewing their underwear, genitals or buttocks without their knowledge, will be punished by up to two years imprisonment, with the most serious offenders, Britain’s ministry of Justice said. ‘We have always been clear, there are no excuses for the behavior and offenders should feel the full force of the law. from today, they will,’ Justice Minister Lucy Frazer said in a statement .
The legislation gained traction in Parliament after a campaign by Gina Martin, who became a victim of upskirting at thr British summer Time music festival in 2017.
Martin, now 27, reported the incident to the police but was shocked when they declined to prosecute. She subsequently discovered that upskirting was not a specific offense under English law.
She expressed her anger at how the incident was handled on Facebook, and her post quickly went viral, with many posters sharing their own experiences.
Martin launched an online petition calling for her case to be reopened by the police, and it soon gained 50,000 signatures and was picked up by Wera Hobhouse, a member of Parliament for the Liberal Democrats.
Hobhouse subsequently brought a bill to Parliament calling for the creation of a specific upskirting offense