SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): The courts will be able to deal with molesters more severely from Tuesday (March 1), as increased penalties for sex crimes kick in.
The Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2021 was passed by Parliament on Sept 12 last year.
The amendments increase penalties for sexual offences, expand and clarify the scope of certain offences and defences, as well as modernise the language of the law.
The number of molest and voyeurism cases went up last year.
In the recent release of annual statistics, the police said there were