Twelve men, between the ages of 22 and 59, will be taken to court on 24 and 27 August for 12 separate cases of outrage about modesty reported between January 2017 and July 2018.
In the period between January 2018 and June 2018 there were 832 reported cases of indignation about modesty.
This is an increase of 147 cases compared to the same period in 2017.
Of the 832, 105 cases occurred in public transport and 63 in public places of entertainment.
In both cases there was an increase of 32 and 17 cases respectively compared to the same period in 2017.
The Singapore police force advises all members of the public to comply with the following crime prevention measures:
- Be aware of your environment and of suspicious person (s).
- Do not walk through poorly lit and remote places or take the elevator with a stranger.
- Let someone escort you home when you're back late at night.
- Take a stark alarm.
When you are in public transport or patronize public entertainment venues:
- Always be alert and attentive to your environment. If a stranger is or is exceptionally close to you, leave if possible.
If you are bothered, immediately seek help from people around you.
Note the prominent functions and clothing of the suspect and the direction in which he or she went.
Call 999 as soon as possible to increase the chances of arresting the suspect early.
If it is safe to do this, the victim or other witnesses can help keep the suspect in detention while he waits for the police to arrive.
Anyone who has been convicted of violating indignation of modesty under section 354 (1) of the Penal Code, chapter 224, will be punished with a prison sentence that can be extended to two years, or with a fine, or with caning, or with a combination of such punishments.