UK’s House of Lords Votes to Make Misogyny a Hate Crime

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, Britain October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

The U.K.’s House of Lords voted Monday night to make misogyny a hate crime in England and Wales, in one of a series of defeats handed down by peers to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.

Categorizing misogyny as a hate crime passed the house by 242 to 185 votes. The bill will return to the House of Commons for MPs to have their say.

Lords also rejected other measures proposed by the Tories in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, with Labour calling some of the plans “outrageous” — proposals, for example, to punish people who lock themselves on to objects with up to 51 weeks’ imprisonment.

Conservative peer Baroness Newlove drove the move to amend the bill to make misogyny a hate crime — in the face of opposition from her party colleagues.

“Too often when it comes to violence against women, society demands the perfect victim before we act,” she said. “As a society, we have rightly taken steps to acknowledge the severity of racist or homophobic crimes, but have not yet acted on crimes driven by hatred of women.”

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SOURCE: Politico, Louis Westendarp