Each of us knows how important it is to protect our rights as individuals, workers, and citizens. However, for people who do not have the power to do so (yet) such as children, elderly, or the differently-abled, they need us to help them fight for their rights and equal opportunities in society.
Failure to do so on our part, especially from their legal guardians can be considered a great form of neglect and a punishable crime, particularly here in Singapore.
Woman Sent to Jail for 6 Months For Failure to Report Boyfriend’s Abuse of Daughter
This was the case for a mother who turned a blind eye to her live-in partner’s sexual abuse of her daughter, despite having enough reasons to believe that he had been raping her, as shared in a report by Straits Times.
Even when the woman had been informed by her daughter that the man had done “sexual things” to her, the woman did not stop her boyfriend from showering with her daughter on several occasions.
Consequently, the former taxi driver – who was married at the time – sexually assaulted the girl from 2010 to 2016. The situation only became known when the girl told the man’s wife about what he had been doing to her.
The victim’s mother, a 40-year old divorcee, was convicted to the maximum six months’ jail on February 25 for intentionally withholding information from the police despite having enough reasons to believe that a crime had been committed. The defendant could not be identified because of a gag order issued to protect the child’s identity.
As for the man, he was sentenced this month to 34 years in prison with the maximum 24 strokes of the cane, after pleading guilty to 4 counts of rape.
The mother, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a light sentence on Monday. Meanwhile the custody of the girl was handed over to her maternal grandparents.