US state bans ‘upskirt’ photos

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Boston - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill prohibiting “upskirt” photos of women.

Patrick's office said the governor signed the measure Friday, two days after the state's highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of female subway passengers in Boston wasn't violating state law as it's written.

The House and Senate responded by quickly passing legislation to make it illegal to take photographs of the “sexual or other intimate parts” of women or children in public.

The law, which takes effect immediately, would punish “upskirting” with a maximum penalty of two-and-a-half years in jail and a $5 000 fine.

The maximum penalties would increase to five years in prison and a $10 000 fine if the victim is a child.

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