Around a week ago, the Parliament passed a bill to toughen penalties for certain sexual offences.
One of these was for outrage of modesty or molestation, which would provide tougher retributive justice for the victim.
It was also imposed with the hope of deterring potential offenders in the future, as a stint in jail is sometimes the only thing that will prevent unempathetic sexual deviants from offending.
However, it seems that no matter what you do, there are always going to be creeps around.
29YO Man Arrested for Alleged Molestation at Woodlands Industrial Park
At around 1:30pm last Saturday (18 Sep), the police received a report of molestation.
The victim was reportedly in Woodlands Industrial Park E2 when a man, whom the victim didn’t know, molested them.
Through follow-up investigations and images from police cameras, officers managed to establish the identity of the 29-years-old man.
He was arrested for his suspected involvement in the outrage of modesty case on the same day the report was made.
Well done, officers.
The man is expected to be charged in court today (20 Sep).
24YO Man Molested 49YO Woman in Woodlands
Another alleged case of molestation occurred in Woodlands just last month.
A 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly molesting a 49-year-old woman at Woodlands Drive 16 on 19 Aug.
The police received a report over the incident at around 6:45pm that day, and arrested the man just two hours later.
The man was charged in court two days later with outrage of modesty.
What’s The Punishment for Molestation Now?
As previously mentioned, the punishment for certain sex crimes will now be tougher.
As part of the “Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill”, the penalties for three sexual offences will be increased, including outrage of modesty or molestation.
Outrage of modesty, previously punishable by up to two years in prison, will carry a penalty of up to three years’ imprisonment soon.
However, the Bill was just passed last week, and it may take some time before the new penalties kick in.
Penalties will also be increased for:
- Sexual activity carried out in the presence of a minor aged between 14 and 16 or showing them sexual images
- Sexual activity carried out in the presence of a minor aged between 16 and 18 or showing them sexual images
The maximum jail terms for these two offences will be increased from one to two years.
You can read more about the new Bill here.
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