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Police have arrested a 42 year-old man who is believed to have outraged the modesty of a female commuter on board a crowded MRT train.
On 18 Oct 2010 at about 5.20pm, officers from Central Police Division were conducting anti-crime rounds at Bugis MRT station when they spotted a man molesting an unsuspecting female commuter on board a packed train cabin. The officers immediately moved in and arrested the suspect.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect could be involved in other molest cases in MRT trains. Investigations are on-going.
The offence of Outrage of Modesty under Section 354(1) of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years, or with fine, or with caning or with any combination of such punishments.
Commander of Central Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Tan Hung Hooi commended his officers for their vigilance and quick-action which led to the arrest.
Police would also like remind the public to be vigilant against opportunists who might commit molest in crowded areas and seek to evade detection by blending into the crowd. To minimise the risk of falling prey to such opportunists, one should be alert when approached by strangers in crowded areas. Remain calm should you be confronted, and contact the Police as soon as it is safe to do so. Take note of the description of the offender, such as his appearance, attire, height and distinguishing features like tattoos or dyed hair.