The National University of Singapore (NUS) student who allegedly filmed a female hallmate in the shower last Saturday changed his clothes immediately to avoid being identified, said the police. The latest alleged culprit in a string of Peeping Tom cases reported at local universities in the past month, Joel Rasis Ismail, 26, was charged in court yesterday with one count of criminal trespass and one count of insulting the modesty of a 23-year-old woman. According to charge sheets, the Singaporean allegedly trespassed into a female bathroom at Kuok Foundation House, a building in NUS' Raffles Hall, on May 11 at about 6.30am. He is said to have then used his mobile phone to record a video of the victim while she was in the shower. CCTV The police were alerted at about 8.10am and said in a statement yesterday that a suspect was arrested that day by officers from the Clementi Police Division. Follow-up investigations and closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage helped to identify the … [Read more...] about Man charged in latest NUS Peeping Tom case
There has been another Peeping Tom case on a local university campus. A female student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was allegedly filmed by a student in a bathroom at one of the residence halls on Saturday. This is the fourth reported case since NUS student Monica Baey took to social media in mid-April to express her frustration over the punishment given to fellow student Nicholas Lim for filming her showering in the Eusoff Hall. Some are now asking why such voyeuristic acts continue despite the public outcry, with observers noting that exposure to such content online from young may be emboldening offenders. A police report has been made about the latest incident at Raffles Hall and the suspect has been apprehended, said an NUS spokesman. Police said they received a call for assistance around 8.10am, and later arrested a 26-year-old NUS male student, a resident of the same residential hall, for criminal trespass. The man is also being investigated for insulting the … [Read more...] about Latest NUS Peeping Tom caught by newly installed CCTV cameras
Pixabay Concerns over the increasing problem of voyeurism have prompted law changes that will make it a separate sexual offence with heavier punishments, possibly caning, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam. The changes to the Penal Code will be debated in Parliament today. Mr Shanmugam said: “It shows that the Government is taking this very seriously. It is also a psychological, philosophical setting out that this is very serious.” His comments came in the wake of the controversy over the way the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the police handled a case in which an undergraduate was filmed without her consent. Ms Monica Baey, 23, had taken to social media to express her frustration at what she felt was too light a punishment for the fellow student who filmed her secretly while she was taking a shower at the university’s Eusoff Hall. Police gave the student, also 23, a conditional warning. Mr Shanmugam, referring to the case, told The Straits … [Read more...] about Voyeurs may get caned following changes to Penal Code: Shanmugam
A third Peeping Tom incident has been reported at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in as many weeks. A WhatsApp message circulating among students and seen by The New Paper said the latest incident happened at about 10.15pm on May 1 in the women's toilet on the third storey of Hall 4 in Block 22. An NTU spokesman, replying to TNP's queries last Friday, said it is investigating the incident, which was reported by a student. "Our pastoral care team has been providing support to her since the incident," he added. TNP understands that no police report was made. Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported on Friday that students had noticed a red stool near the toilet a few days earlier. The alleged culprit is believed to have used it to peek into the cubicle. The NTU spokesman said several security measures were in place to prevent such incidents. "Access to female toilets in all halls is through key fobs," he said. "In addition, there are CCTVs in common areas. Campus … [Read more...] about Third Peeping Tom incident at NTU in three weeks
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?