“It Will Waste Time!” Online Misgendering ‘Could Be Investigated’ In Scotland Under Hate Crime Law

by 24britishtvApril 1, 2024, 6:50 p.m. 20

Scotland’s minister for victims and community safety has said people “could be investigated” for misgendering someone online under a new hate crime law which came into effect on Monday. MSPs passed the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act in 2021, consolidating existing hate crime legislation and creating a new offence of stirring up hatred against protected characteristics, although sex has been omitted in favour of a standalone Bill designed to tackle misogyny. Asked whether misgendering someone on the internet was a crime under the new law, Scotland’s minister for victims and community safety Siobhian Brown told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “It would be a police matter for them to assess what happens. “It could be reported and it could be investigated – whether or not the police would think it was criminal is up to Police Scotland.” TalkTV’s Rosie Wright discusses the story with political correspondent in Scotland at The Sunday Times John Boothman. Click here for more from TalkTV https://talk.tv If you need any help visit: https://talk.tv/helplines #scotland #scottish #freespeech


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