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Drive 06/09/2018
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The United Kingdom may soon make misogyny a hate crime, following an MP’s call to criminalise upskirting in England and Wales.

The UK Law Commission will review how sex and gender characteristics are treated within current hate crime laws and whether new offences are needed, the BBC reports.

Just because you or I don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not going on.

If the amendment is passed, hostility towards women could be listed as an aggravating factor in some cases, and taken into account at sentencing. Police will also have to record incidents.

Blair Scotland, partner at Dundas Street Law, told RadioLIVE that the proposed amendment is pointing out misogynistic behaviour that political leaders may not see themselves.

“Just because you or I don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not going on.”

In France, lawmakers have already gone further enacting on-the-spot fines for catcalling or lewd comments in public.

A two year pilot is already being run by Nottinghamshire police, where officers have recorded misogynistic behaviour as either hate crime or hate incidents, depending on whether or not it is criminal.

Listen to the full interview with Blair Scotland above.

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