The Protection from Harassment Act, a landmark legislation, came into force in Singapore in November 2014. The law seeks to protect people in Singapore from harassment and related anti-social behavior.
The Act specifically provides civil and criminal recourse for victims of harassment, alarm or distress, fear, provocation, and stalking. Detailed rules and processes have been developed for dealing with the various forms of harassment.
Victims may also apply directly to the court for a Protection Order (PO). The PO will direct the harasser to stop his or her behavior. The PO can also put a stop to the spread of communication that is considered harassing. In urgent cases, the Court may grant an Expedited Protection Order (EPO) on the spot.
The harassment can be committed in the physical world and/or the online world to be considered under the Act. The Act will also apply to offences committed outside of Singapore as long as certain conditions are met.
Breaches of POs or EPOs may amount to criminal offences. Penalties for convictions range from fines not exceeding $5,000 to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both. For repeat offenders, this increases to 10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.
If you feel that you are being harassed, Farallon Law can assist you in processing your complaint.