It seems like after the Monica Baey issue, we now realise how unsafe it is to shower in a public bathroom.
Which, come to think of it, is pretty surprising, given that before the Monica Baey issue, you didn’t know that voyeurism is so common.
In fact, it’s so common that even after the high-profile case, someone decided that it’s still a good idea to film a girl showering.
New Security Measures Being Implemented
Lest you’ve been turned into ashes for the last five years and have just been revived by some colourful stones recently, here’s a brief recap of what happened.
Monica Baey, an NUS student, went on social media to relate her experience of being filmed by a peeping tom when she was showering in her hostel, whereby the perpetrator was merely given a 12-month conditional warning and a suspension for a semester. She aired her grievances on the injustice and wished for a change.
That opened a can of worms as people demanded more justice and protection, leading to the police having to explain the rationale behind the punishment and the university to promise better security measures and protection for students.
Within weeks, NUS informed students about their new security measures, which included more security cameras, upgraded shower cubicles which would seal the top and bottom of the doors and locks in hostel restrooms.
Also, more security guards would be posted, and the university would review its disciplinary frameworks.
You would think that anyone sane would think twice about committing the very same act that started it all, but it seems like a 26-year-old NUS student did not get the memo.
Peeping Tom Who Didn’t Get the Memo
For reasons only known to the man’s other head, a 26-year-old man, who lives in the Raffles Hall hostel in NUS, was arrested yesterday (11 May 2019) morning.
He was caught filming a female student in a bathroom, though there’s no mention of whether the lady was showering or not.
According to NUS, “Footage of the male suspect was captured via a newly installed CCTV camera…A police report has been made, and the suspect has been apprehended by the police for further investigation.”
Well, you can say that the culprit who filmed another person is being filmed.
The police were alerted to the case at about 8:10 a.m. and the man was soon arrested for criminal trespass, and was investigated for insulting the modesty of a woman.
Now, of course, what’s next is important: NUS has shown that they could catch the peeping tom fast, so it’d have amplified the deterrence message, but what about the aftermath?
NUS Providing Support and Assistance
However, not much is known about NUS’s actions after the culprit is caught, except that they were providing the victim with “dedicated support and assistance”. In addition, they are “working closely with the police in their investigations, and will take the necessary disciplinary actions.”
It’s unknown what actions would be yet.
What’s interesting is that the school apparently sent an internal circular to NUS students about this incident, and reiterated their enhanced security measures.
With the recent public backlash and the arrest of the new peeping tom, it certainly isn’t mere lip service.
So for people who have a fetish for filming others showering: you’re warned.
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