Outrage of Modesty
  • Young girls have been molested or raped on their first date by people they had met on the IRC or through telephone chatlines.
  • At lifts, corridors, dark and lonely places.
  • On public transport, e.g. buses, MRT trains, etc.
  • Crowded places, e.g. rock concerts, star performances, etc.

Preventive Measures

  • 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

  • Avoid taking the lift with a stranger. Let the stranger take the lift and wait for the next one; and
  • When entering the lift alone, stay close to the lift button panel. Press “Door Open” and step out immediately when a stranger rushes in as the lift door is closing.


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 2 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
  • Caning.

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
  • Caning.