My Take

DAB’s list of top spots for peeping Toms a disservice to women

Hong Kong’s largest political party may mean well, but do they have to widely publicise the list of ‘upskirt’ blackspots every year?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 July, 2016, 10:42pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 July, 2016, 8:33am

The DAB no doubt only wants morally upright citizens to be among its supporters. But the city’s largest political party has gone out of its way to attract perverts and voyeurs. No offence, but which other public bodies offer such a useful and reliable service as to compile an annual list of the best places in town to look up women’s skirts?

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, led by lawmaker and its women’s affairs chief Elizabeth Quat, has released its latest update of the 17 worst places for women to be exposed to the lewd gaze or hidden cameras of lechers.

Among these are the food court and Eslite Book Store at Hysan Place, and areas near the glass railings at Windsor House and Causeway Place in Causeway Bay; corridors near glass railings at the Central, Hong Kong and Tiu Keng Leng MTR stations, as well as those at Cheung Fat Plaza in Tsing Yi, The One shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, and MOKO, another shopping mall, above the Mong Kok East MTR station.

Peeping Tom alert: Hong Kong lawmaker warns women to beware these 17 ‘upskirt black spots’

Now you know. The DAB list, in its seventh year, is helpfully updated annually, so it’s been ever expanding as a reliable guide for perverts. Even some upright citizens may be tempted to determine the accuracy of the DAB survey – for research purposes, of course.

Instead of the DAB, imagine the list was published by an online forum for voyeurs. Police and public prosecutors would have taken action already.

I am sure, though, the DAB’s intention is nothing but proper – to warn women of the danger when wearing skirts, especially during the hot summer months. Quat said to protect women, mall operators and facility managers should replace glass railings and panels with a less transparent surface.

But what this annual exercise actually does is to make parents and women paranoid and worried about the clothes they or their children wear without deterring peeping Toms – probably quite the opposite.

With its resources and energy, the DAB should focus on public education for women’s rights instead of hiring “researchers” to search for “upskirt” blackspots around the city.

By all means encourage mall owners, their security staff and police to be on the lookout. But is it necessary to widely publicise the list every year?