Indian to be caned for molesting women, girls

A 23-year old Indian national, who molested five girls and women in May this year, has been sentenced to eight years of jail and ordered to be given 12 cane strokes by a local court.

Updated: Aug 17, 2010, 09:35 AM IST

Singapore: A 23-year old Indian national,
who molested five girls and women in May this year, has been
sentenced to eight years of jail and ordered to be given 12
cane strokes by a local court.

Thangavelu Tamilselvam, an immigrant construction
worker in Singapore, pleaded guilty on three charges of
molestation and two others considered during his sentencing,
`The Straits Times` reported Tuesday.

Tamilselvam had molested five women and girls, who
wore shorts or skirts and aged between 10 and 30 years, over
19 days in May this year.

He would wear a cap covering his top half of the face
and prowled on a bicycle spotting his victims in the Woodlands
housing estate, closer to his dormitory on northern part of
Singapore.

He would attack his victims in apartment lifts,
hugging and kissing them, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kumaresan
Gohulabalan told the court yesterday.

Tamilselvam faced a maximum jail sentence of 10 years
and caning for outraging modesty and causing wrongful
restraint in a lift.

The punishment for outraging the modesty is a jail
term of up to two years or fine or caning or any combined
sentence.

Caning is a widely used form of legal corporal
punishment in Singapore.

PTI