politician in the United Kingdom has blocked new law on upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when someone secretly takes photo under someone else's skirt. Many politicians wanted to make it crime, with two-year prison sentence. However, politician Sir Christopher Chope blocked government's attempt to pass law. Mr Chope is member of Prime Minster Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party. Ms May said she was "disappointed" that member of her party blocked law from being passed. She wanted to see upskirting become criminal offence. She added that she wanted to see bill pass soon, "with government support".
Upskirting is becoming big problem around world because of digital cameras on mobile phones. Thousands of women in many countries have complained after men have taken photos up their skirts. Quite often, man uploads photo to website. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he blocked bill. However, Gina Martin, the woman who started the campaign for upskirting law, said Mr Chope told her that he objected to it because it "wasn't debated" in parliament. She also said Mr Chope "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was. Politician Dawn Butler said: "It's absolutely disgusting that male [politician] has blocked upskirting from becoming criminal offence."