The News Minute | September 21, 2014 6.54 am IST
An American court has ruled that the banning the photography of people without their consent to arouse any person was an intrusion of a personâs private right to be aroused.
According to a report in The Independent: âThe Texas Court of Appeals ruled 8-1 to strike down part of a law which bans taking images of another person in public without their consent and with the intention to âarouse or gratify the sexual desire of any personâ, criticising the âpaternalisticâ intrusion into peoplesâ private right to be aroused.â
The report quoted presiding judge Sharon Keller as saying: âProtecting someone who appears in public from being the object of sexual thoughts seems to be the sort of âpaternalistic interest in regulating the defendants mindâ the First Amendment was designed to guard against.â
Rights activists however, say that the ruling protects predators instead of protecting victims whereas those defending the ruling argue that the law does not differentiate between âup the skirtâ photography and those who merely take photographs of people in public places.