"Anyone who secretly photographs women and girls under their skirts is massively encroaching on their privacy and their right to personal rights," the SPD politician told the redaktionsnetzwerk deutschland (editorial network of germany). To continue to punish so-called upskirting at most as a misdemeanor does not provide effective protection and does not make it clear to offenders that their "demeaning and degrading behavior" is absolutely unacceptable.
Lambrecht has therefore decided to change the penal code. "Currently, we are working out proposals for what such a penal norm could look like, and we want to implement it in a draughty manner," she said. In the middle of august, rhineland-palatinate had promised a corresponding initiative in the bundesrat (upper house of parliament). Previously, baden-wurttemberg, bavaria and north rhine-westphalia had announced that they were preparing a draft law for a state chamber initiative on upskirting. Schleswig-holstein also wanted to participate in the project.
Until now, such recordings have not been punishable as a rule – unless the victim is in an apartment and the recordings violate the most personal sphere of life. Two young women had already started an online petition weeks ago to make upskirting a punishable offense. So far, more than 85.000 signatories joined their initiative.