Belgium: Man who insulted officer convicted of sexism

'This is the 1st time we have used this law to prosecute someone'

(BBC News) A man who insulted a female police officer because of her gender has become the first person to be convicted of sexism in a public space in Belgium.

The man, who has not been named, was stopped in June 2016 for violating the highway code and told the officer that her job did not suit women.

A court in Brussels fined him €3,000 (£2,690; $3,725). He can still appeal.

The law was introduced in 2014 after an outcry over a documentary showing the abuse women faced on the streets.

It condemns any act or statement meant to “express contempt”, that considers a person inferior due to their gender or reduces someone to a sexual dimension

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