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U.K. politician blocks passing of upskirting law






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A UK politician has blocked a law on upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when someone secretly takes a photo under someone else's skirt. Politicians wanted to make it a crime, with a two-year prison sentence. However, Sir Christopher Chope blocked the attempt to pass the law. He is a member of the ruling Conservative Party. Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "disappointed" that a member of her party blocked it. She wants to see upskirting become a criminal offence. She wants to see the bill pass soon, "with government support".

Upskirting is a big problem around the world because of mobile phones. Thousands of women have complained that men took photos up their skirts. The man often uploads the photo to a website. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he blocked the bill. However, the woman who started the campaign for the upskirting law said Chope told her that he objected to it because it "wasn't debated" in parliament. She also said he "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was. A politician said it was "absolutely disgusting that a male politician blocked upskirting from becoming a crime.

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