Five men, aged between 20 and 45, will be charged in court on 18 October 2018 for five separate cases of outrage of modesty, reported between August 2017 and April 2018.
The brief details of the five cases are as follows:
On 27 August 2017, a 28-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 33-year-old man when they were inside the lift of a HDB block at Tah Ching Road. The man had also allegedly blocked the victim's exit from the lift.
On 21 February 2018, a 18-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 26-year-old man when they were on the escalator of Jurong East MRT station.
On 4 March 2018, a 21-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 35-year-old man when they were walking to his car parked along Raffles Boulevard, and inside his car.
On 30 March 2018, a 28-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a then 44-year-old man at a HDB block along Jalan Bukit Merah.
On 4 April 2018, a 33-year-old woman reported that she was molested by a 20-year-old man at the void deck of a HDB block along Boon Lay Drive.
Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention 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;
Carry along with you a shrill alarm; and
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 shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with caning, or with any combination of such punishments.
Source: Singapore Police Force