15 Sep '11, 5am

What constitutes Outrage of Modesty (Molest) in Singapore

It is one thing to say that you shouldn't kiss hands without permission - it is quite another to send someone to jail for it (even a "stern warning" would be extreme). This is one of those social infractions that is bothersome enough to be a nuisance, but not so horrible as to warrant state sanction; one can look at how Anti-Social Behavior Orders (ASBOs) are abused in the UK (e.g. slapping noisy kids at playgrounds with them) to clue one in on why involving the legal system in areas formerly reserved for social sanction might not be a wise idea. It could also potentially lead to interesting (if unfortunate) cultural misunderstandings like those previously mentioned; while "kissing the woman’s hand instead of shaking it on that first introduction can earn you OODLES of Romance Points in her book", here it might get you a short jail term. This is especially interesting, as ...

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