Seven men, aged between 26 and 75, will be charged in court on 14 October 2019 for their suspected involvement in seven separate cases of outrage of modesty, reported between October 2018 and July 2019.
The brief details of the seven cases are as follows:
On 1 October 2018, a 40-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 73-year-old man in a clinic along Tanjong Pagar Road.
On 4 January 2019, a 31-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 54-year-old man while in a taxi along Lorong Ah Soo.
On 8 March 2019, a 27-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 48-year-old man inside a residential unit along Serangoon Avenue 2.
On 22 March 2019, a 26-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 47-year-old man along Gangsa Road.
On 4 June 2019, a 21-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 75-year-old man at a shopping centre along Orchard Road.
On 5 June 2019, a 24-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 26-year-old man at Orchard MRT station.
On 11 July 2019, a 20-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 31-year-old man at a monorail station at Sentosa.
Outrage of modesty cases have been on an increasing trend and remain a key concern for the Police. The Police will continue to work closely with stakeholders and the community to prevent and deter outrage of modesty cases. Members of the public are advised to adopt the following preventive measures:
Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to any suspicious person(s);
Avoid walking through dimly-lit and secluded places or taking the lift with a stranger; and
Carry along with you a shrill alarm.
If you are molested, seek help immediately from those around you. Take note of the prominent features and attire of the suspect as well as the direction in which he or she went. Call '999' as soon as possible to increase the chances of apprehending the suspect early. If it is safe to do so, the victim or other witnesses of the crime may assist to detain the suspect while waiting for the Police to arrive.
Anyone convicted of outrage of modesty under Section 354(1) of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 may be liable to a jail term of up to two years, or fine, or caning, or any combination of such punishments. If the victim is under 14 years of age, the maximum imprisonment term will be increased to five years.
Source: Singapore Police Force