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THE number of suspects arrested for outraging the modesty of women in Singapore has risen sharply this year, with many cases happening on public transport.
Figures collated from police news releases show that 46 men have been arrested since January in connection with at least 54 cases.
Twenty of the alleged offences took place on public buses or trains, or when the victims were near train stations or busstops.
There were 17 arrests for outrage of modesty during last year.
These figures, however, are just the tip of the iceberg.
For starters, the police do not publicise all arrest cases. Also, many reported cases remain unsolved. In fact, many more incidents go unreported, often because the victims do not want to come forward.
Monthly crime statistics shared by the police on its smartphone app, Police@SG, show an average of between 90 and 100 reports of molestation each month – the highest among the five preventable crimes in Singapore.
Molestation was flagged as an area of concern by the police when they released the 2012 crime statistics earlier this year, after reports of the offence on public transport shot up by more than a third – from 114 in 2011 to 153 last year.
Alvin Yeo, an MP on the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Law, said that the spike in molestation cases could be because there are more commuters and also because more victims are willing to make a report.
“We still need to monitor the situation and certainly, if there is an increase, police should be concerned and take steps proactively to stamp such behaviour out,” he said. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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