Pestering women on the street and in bars could soon become an offense as part of an overhaul of laws to protect women against violence.
Loopholes in current laws mean there is no specific offense for sexually harassing women verbally in the street.
Now a Government-commissioned review will next week call for public sexual harassment and inciting hatred against women to be made criminal offences, reports The Telegraph.
The proposed change is part of a push to outlaw “public sexual harassment”.
However, calls for misogyny to be made a hate crime will be rejected — as it’s thought it be ineffective, according to sources.
A Whitehall source told the paper: “The Law Commission is not going to class misogyny as a hate crime because it would be ineffective and in some cases counterproductive.
“But it will call for a public sexual harassment offence which doesn’t currently exist.