Harassing women on the streets will be banned – .

Harassing women on the streets will be banned – .

Harassing women on the streets or in pubs and making obscene comments to them could become an offense under plans to criminalize “public sexual harassment”, which are expected to be announced next week.

A government-commissioned hate crimes review will call for public sexual harassment and incitement to hatred against women to be criminalized as part of a reform of laws to protect women and girls from violence.

But scrutiny by the Law Commission – the body responsible for crafting hundreds of UK laws – will reject calls to make misogyny a hate crime because it believes it would be ineffective, sources say of Whitehall.

The new offense of public sexual harassment is seen as a more effective way to protect women from violence than to classify misogyny as a hate crime alongside race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender. transgender identity, Whitehall sources said.

The Law Commission also ruled that it could make it more difficult to prosecute crimes such as domestic violence and create penalties on two levels, depending on whether a sex offense has been found to be a hate crime.

The move will be part of a week of government criminal announcements, which include a crackdown on drug gangs, new law to put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system, and prison reforms to reduce recidivism by making it work harder. of inmates.

A source from Whitehall said: “The Law Commission is not going to classify misogyny as a hate crime because it would be ineffective and in some cases counterproductive.

“But that will call for a public offense of sexual harassment, which does not currently exist. He believes it fits with other work the government is doing to criminalize the abuse of intimate images and will be more productive and better at protecting women. “

The Hate Crimes Law Commission review was ordered three years ago by Sajid Javid, then Home Secretary.

It has since become even more prominent in the wake of the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, which sparked a broad national debate on violence in the country. towards women.


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