JK Rowling criticizes a new law that punishes inciting hatred due to transgender identity and challenges the Police to stop it

JK Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter literary saga, criticized this Monday a new scottish law which penalizes inciting hatred due to transgender identity – among other characteristics -, considering that it can be exploited by opportunists and can undermine women’s rights.

Rowling, who lives in Scotland but is currently abroad, She challenged the police on her X account to arrest her. upon his return whether his comments on the social network constitute a crime under the new legislation, which comes into force today.

“I am currently out of the country, but if what I have written here qualifies as a crime under the terms of the new law, I expect to be arrested when I return,” the writer said.

The writer began her argument by making humorous comments – on April Fool’s Day in the United Kingdom – about several well-known trans people, some of whom are criminals convicted of assaulting women whom I call ‘men’ even though they say they identify with the female sex.

Rowling argued that, by passing the Hate Crime and Public Order Act in 2021, the Scottish Parliament “gave more value to the feelings of men who carry out their idea of ​​femininity, however misogynistic or opportunistic, than to the rights and freedoms for real women and girls.

The controversial text, which expands another British law from 1986 that already criminalized hatred based on race, color, ethnicity and nationality, establishes a new crime punishable by up to seven years in prison.

This is inciting hatred based on age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or intersexuality, also on social networks.

The offense is committed if someone disseminates material or behaves in a way “that a reasonable person would consider threatening or abusive”, with the intention being to incite hatred for those protected characteristics.

Like other rights protection organizations, Rowling pointed out that the ambiguity of the wording facilitate a flood of unjustified complaints, and I regret that it does not include the women’s group. The Scottish Government, for its part, has assured that it will legislate separately against misogyny.

The Scottish Executive, led by the pro-independence SNP, insisted that the objective of the law has been misinterpreted and that In no case will anyone be charged for exercising their freedom of expression.

Rowling, who was a victim of domestic violence and campaigns for there to be exclusive shelters for them (where trans women cannot enter)believes that the new law “is very open to abuse by activists who wish to silence” those who defend points of view like theirs.

The writer also condemns, for example, the effect on statistics “if violent and sexual assaults committed by men are recorded as if they were female; the grotesque injustice of allowing men to compete in women’s sports; and the injustice of jobs , decorations and opportunities for women are taken by men identified as trans”, in the face of “the reality and immutability of biological sex”.

“The redefinition of ‘woman’ to include any man who declares himself as such “has already had serious consequences for the rights and safety of women and girls in Scotland, and the strongest impact is, as always, on the most vulnerable, such as women prisoners or rape survivors,” she wrote in X.

The Scottish Police have also complained that they have not been given enough training on how to deal with the new crimes.

By Editor

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