European country Germany has enacted new legislation criminalizing up-skirting and now the perpetrators can be sentenced to jail and fines.
Up-skirting is a term used to mean taking pictures or videos of specific parts of the body of any person, especially women, without their consent.
The term is most commonly used in European countries.
The term up-skirting, although originally used to take pictures or videos of the lower back and legs in a nasty way, later came to be used for other parts of a woman’s body as well.
The term ‘burst line’ is also used for women’s breasts, such as ‘up-skirting’, and is also used when someone is secretly clicked women nude photos and videos made.
Numerous women in Europe, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, have been subjected to “up-skirting” and have been secretly subjected to semi-nude videos and photos that have gone viral on the internet or sold them on the porn websites.
In many European countries, very small but high-ranged hidden cameras installed on stairs, elevators, shopping malls and other places of entertainment that make nasty videos and pictures of women walking in skirts.
Prior to Germany, the UK had earlier this year criminalized “upskirting” and sentenced the perpetrators to two years in prison and a hefty fine. The British government had declared ‘up-skirting’ a crime in February 2019.
Germany has now criminalized up-skirting and sentenced the perpetrator to two years in prison and a hefty fine.
According to the German news agency Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s lower house of parliament approved the proposed “up-skirting” law on July 3, long after the overwhelming majority.
Despite the passage of the Upskirting Act, women’s rights groups have said that despite the passage of the law, there is no hope of reducing such heinous and sexual exploitation crimes against women.
Under the new law, a person who makes obscene pictures or videos of specific parts of a woman’s body without her consent will be prosecuted under criminal provisions.
A person involved in up-skirting can be sentenced to two years at a time, including heavy fines.
In addition, the German parliament has passed a law criminalizing the making of pictures and videos of people killed in road accidents, now it will not be possible to take pictures or videos of people killed in accidents.