Taking photos of breastfeeding mothers to become illegal

photos of breastfeeding mothers

Taking photos of breastfeeding mothers to become illegal

Plans to change a law with regard to taking secret photos of breastfeeding mothers could result in people serving jail time.

The government have agreed that taking non-consensual photographs of breastfeeding mothers should be an offence as it causes humiliation and distress to the victims.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reportedly believes that taking photos or videos of breastfeeding mothers should be punishable by up to two years jail time in situations where ‘the motive is to obtain sexual gratification, or to cause humiliation, distress or alarm’.

The news comes after Labour MP Stella Creasy was photographed breastfeeding on public transport.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: “We are committed to doing everything we can to protect women, make them feel safer and give them greater confidence in the justice system.”

The government’s amendments to the Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill also include giving domestic abuse victims more time to go to the police after an incident.

The current time limit is just six months, meaning that many criminals can get away with their actions if the matter is not brought to court within that time.

The crimes included in the amendment involve violence and threatening behaviour.

According to The Mirror, Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, said: “We’ve been putting huge pressure on the Government to lift the time limit so I’m glad they have now accepted our proposal to stop victims of domestic abuse being timed out of justice.

“We will keep up the pressure for more action.”

The new law will also ensure that those affected by Covid restrictions are given enough time to see justice done.

Home Secretary Priti Patel reportedly said: “Every department in Government is working to address and tackle all issues relating to violence against women and girls.”

She added that the amendments “put victims’ voices at the heart of our decisions”.

The proposed plans regarding those who take photos of breastfeeding mothers, as well as those fighting to be heard in domestic abuse cases, are now being considered by Parliament.

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