20 Cases Of Modesty Outrage On NUS Campus In Past 3 Years

National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate Miss Baey’s plight and call for justice has been making rounds on the Internet.

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Along with the shows of support, the incident has also brought to light other cases, with many students speaking up about such indecent acts committed against them. For all these cases, many claim that NUS has been letting the perpetrators off too lightly.

Yesterday (20 Apr), Facebook page NUS Students United shared the list of disciplinary cases in NUS over the past 3 years.

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We take a look at the cases concerning outrage of modesty and what sort of punishment had been meted out by the school.

20 cases since 2015

The punishments we list for each offence is not exhaustive. There are other penalties like petty fines, apology letters, community service etc. We’ve merely picked out the more serious punishments. For the full list, you can have a look at this document.

Academic year 2015/2016:

  1. Entered female student’s room and outraged her modesty — suspension
  2. Peeped at female student showering and stole undergarments — police investigation
  3. Filmed a female student showering — police warning
  4. Filmed children in the toilet — police warning, suspension
  5. Filmed female student showering — police warning, suspension
  6. Filmed male students showering and uploaded videos to porn website — suspension, police investigation
  7. Filmed females in the toilet and upskirt videos — 16-week imprisonment, suspension
  8. Filmed female students showering — suspension, police investigation

Academic year 2016/2017:

  1. Stalked and outraged the modesty of female student — supervised probation, suspension
  2. Filmed upskirt videos — 10-day imprisonment, suspension
  3. Filmed upskirt videos — supervised probation, suspension
  4. Filmed female student showering — police warning
  5. Exposed private part to female student — suspension
  6. Filmed upskirt video — suspension, police investigation
  7. Peeping at female student in the shower — police warning
  8. (Same student as 7) Outraged modesty of student — expulsion (later rescinded)

Academic year 2017/2018:

  1. Allegedly touched the buttocks of female student — insufficient evidence
  2. Touched female student’s thighs while she was asleep — suspension
  3. Filmed female student showering — suspension
  4. Filmed upskirt video — suspension

According to friends in NUS we’ve spoken with, there are more of such incidents that go unreported.

NUS releases statement

In light of the deluge of complaints and cries of indignation, NUS released a statement on their website and Facebook page assuring the public and the victim that a committee will be put together to review the current disciplinary framework.

But as some of the comments reveal, many are not satisfied with the college’s response.

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Another student echoed the pervasive sentiment that the university ought to be more proactive in tackling such problems. As it is, the student observes, they seem only to take action when someone gets hurt, or when the public pressures them into doing so.

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On a separate but interesting note, Facebook page NUS Students United, pointed out that perhaps the fault lies not with NUS, but with the Singapore Police Force and the Attorney-General’s Chambers. The school can only do so much when it comes to punishment — the rest, the more severe punishments, can only be handed out by the law.

How much punishment is enough?

People have been calling for the student who filmed Miss Baey in the shower to be prescribed heavier penalties. Many cite the light penalties as reason for why many continue to commit such offences.

But when it comes to punishment, just how severe is severe enough — a prison term?

In our quest for fair punishment, we should remember that the point of it should be to deter others, and not to destroy someone’s life.

Featured image from National University of Singapore.