A woman has been sentenced to three
and a half months in prison after being found guilty of using one of her
breasts to assault a police officer.
Ng Lai-ying, 30, was at a protest in
Hong Kong in March when she claimed chief inspector Chan Ka-po had
groped her left breast when he tried to grab her bag.
But instead, a court said she had
used her chest to bump against his arm, and ‘used her female identity to
trump up the allegation that the officer had molested’ her.
Dozens of activists wearing bras
picketed outside the police headquarters of Wan Chai in Hong Kong on
Sunday for a ‘breast walk’ to protest the decision, chanting: ‘Breasts
are not weapons – give us back our breast freedom.’
police might accuse us of attacking with our penis or buttock,’ a
topless male activist wearing a black bra told the crowd.
Retired teacher James Hon, 66, wearing a pink bra over his white polo
shirt, told news agency AFP: ‘It’s the first time to wear a bra in my
breasts be a weapon? We are angry but we also fear that this precedent
exploits women’s rights to take part in protests,’ Ng Cheuk-ling, an
activist from Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities, said.