Singapore police have arrested a 30-year-old Chinese man for allegedly assaulting an Indian-origin lady and subjecting her to racial slurs for not carrying a masks whereas she was brisk strolling final week.
The man was arrested “for public nuisance, uttering words with intent to wound the racial feelings of others and voluntarily causing hurt,” the Singapore Police Force (SPF) was quoted as saying by the Channel News Asia on Tuesday.
The lady was strolling alongside a walkway at Choa Chu Kang Drive at about 8.45am on Friday when she was confronted by a Chinese couple who advised her to put on her masks correctly as a security measure, police mentioned.
“She purportedly got into a verbal exchange with the man. The man allegedly uttered an offensive racial remark and assaulted her, causing her to fall to the ground,” the police mentioned.
The couple then left the scene and the 55-year-old lady, recognized as Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, a non-public tutor, was assisted by a passerby.
Investigations into the incident are on, police mentioned.
If discovered responsible of public nuisance, the person could possibly be jailed for as much as three months, fined as much as SGD 2,000 (USD 1,509), or each.
For uttering phrases with deliberate intent to wound the racial emotions of any individual, the punishment is an imprisonment time period of as much as three years, a positive, or each.
The offence for voluntarily inflicting damage carries an imprisonment time period of as much as three years, a positive of as much as SGD 5,000 (USD 3,773), or each.
“The police take a serious view of such acts that have the potential to damage racial harmony in Singapore,” it mentioned.
“Any person who makes remarks or takes action that can cause ill-will and hostility between the different races will be dealt with swiftly and in accordance with the law,” the Channel quoted the police as saying.