Tracking women too closely on the street should be a CRIMINAL offense and driving off curbs should be taken, says MP Harriet Harman
- Labor stalwart tells GMB News male drivers wouldn’t follow women ‘if they knew they were going to lose their licence’
- Ms Harman says even girls walking home from school are harassed by drivers
- Curb crawling in the UK is only an offense when soliciting women for prostitution
- Debate follows the murder of Sarah Everard by Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, who kidnapped her while walking home on March 3.
Former deputy Labor leader Harriet Harman has called for curbs to be removed in order to lose their driver’s licenses, saying that following women too closely on the street should become a ‘criminal offence’.
In an interview with Good Morning Britain, the MP said that even girls walking home from school were ‘harassed’ by drivers.
Questions have been raised about women’s safety following shocking revelations about the murder of Sarah Everard by clerk Wayne Couzens, who was later fired after his arrest.
Couzens was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of the young marketing manager – after a false arrest while Miss Everard was walking home in South London on March 3.
Labor MP Harriet Harman has called for a criminalization of women crawling on the street
Speaking to GMB this morning, Ms Harman said: “[Men are] follow a woman too closely if the man knows she doesn’t want to be followed.
“Even schoolgirls walking home at night are followed and harassed. It should be a criminal offence. If you stop a woman on the street, your driver’s license must be taken away.
“Men wouldn’t do that quickly if they knew they would lose their driver’s license.”
Under the Sexual Offenses Act 2003, curbing is only defined as an offense when inciting women into prostitution. It could result in drivers being disqualified and their car impounded.
In March, Ms Harman called for the law to be tightened to include curbs that harass women and girls on the street while going about their business.
The veteran MP, who has served in the House of Commons since 1982, also called for urgent reform of the Met Police following Couzen’s conviction and demanded the resignation of Met Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick.
Ms Harman told GMB News: ‘Women have a right to know that the police are there to protect them, that they are there to help them and that there is no threat to them.
Sarah Everard died tragically in March and the Metropolitan Commissioner has shown no sign of understanding that she must lead the front and take action.
“That’s why I don’t think if this action is taken to restore confidence, Cressida Dick can lead it. That’s why I tell her to step aside.’