The defendant told the district court that his Singaporean friend would bail him out and that he would get a lawyer and go to court.

Published: November 30, 2021 3:08 PM |

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SINGAPORE: A 32-year-old Indian yoga teacher was charged Tuesday with 10 harassment charges for sexually abusing five women while teaching them yoga in a Singapore studio.

The man , who could not be named due to a gag order to protect the identity of the victims, is accused of inappropriately touching the women between the ages of 24 and 29 in a yoga studio between June 2019 and July 2020, Channel News Asia reported > According to a previous police statement, the man allegedly abused the victims while teaching them yoga.

The defendant told the district court that his Singaporean friend would bail him out and that he would get a lawyer and seek a lawsuit .

The man appeared in court over a video link and was given a bail of SGD 15,000 (US $ 10,952).

The penalties for harassment in Singapore are jail sentences on up to two years, a fine, corporal punishment, or a combination of these punishments.

Police said they have “zero tolerance for sex offenders who threaten the personal safety of the community and they are treated strictly in accordance with the law “.

The man is not the first yoga teacher in Singapore to be charged with harassment according to The Straits Times.

In April 2018, another Indian citizen was sentenced to nine months in prison and fined SGD 1,000 (730 .05 USD) after harassing a student.

In October 2018, the man’s prison sentence was increased to one year and he was also given three strokes of the cane after the High Court upheld a prosecutor’s appeal. </ Disclaimer: We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be careful in moderating your comments. All comments are moderated by the editorial newindianexpress.com. Avoid making comments that are obscene, defamatory, or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid external hyperlinks within the comment. Help us delete comments that do not comply with these guidelines.

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