OUTRAGE OF MODESTY
HOW IT CAN HAPPEN
- At lifts, corridors, dark and quiet places.
- On public transport, e.g. buses, MRT trains, etc.
- Crowded places, e.g. concerts, public entertainment night spots etc.
- Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to any suspicious person(s);
- Avoid walking through dimly lit, quiet and secluded places;
- When returning home alone or late at night, arrange for a family member or trusted friend to escort you home; and
- If you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm. Proceed to a crowded area or call the Police for assistance.
If you are taking the lift
- Whenever possible, avoid taking the lift with suspicious person(s),if alone; and
- When entering the lift alone, stay close to the lift button panel. Press “Door Open” and step out immediately when a suspicious person(s) rushes in as the lift door is closing.
- Carry along with you a shrill alarm
If you are taking the public transport
- Be alert and attentive to your surroundings. When possible, move away if someone stands or sits exceptionally close to you;
- If you are molested, call for help immediately by shouting, seek help from people nearby or activate a shrill alarm to increase the chances of apprehending the culprit early. Call ‘999’ as soon as possible; and
- Approach the station manager or contact Police for assistance if you see any suspicious looking passenger.
For young children
- Young children should be accompanied home at all times. Ensure that your young ones do not wander in public places alone without adult supervision; and
- Remind your young ones not to talk to strangers.
If you are confronted by a molester, stay calm and take note of his/her appearance, attire, height, or any other distinctive physical features. Call the Police as soon as possible so that our officers can reach the location quickly to assist you.
A person convicted of outrage of modesty is liable to:
- A jail term of up to 3 years; or
- A fine; or
- Caning; or
- Any two of such punishments.
A person convicted of voluntary causing or attempting to cause death, hurt or wrongful restraint in order to commit outrage of modesty is liable to:
- A jail term of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years; and
A person convicted of the offence committed in a lift or against any person under 14 years of age is liable to:
- A jail term of not less than 3 years and not more than 10 years; and