April 1, 1995 in Nation/World

Singapore Shows Molester On TV

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Trying to deter crime, Singapore launched an unusual experiment Friday by televising the conviction of a man who confessed to molesting schoolgirls.

Sim Seng Wah, 37, was the first person to be publicly shamed on television in a government-sanctioned scheme to show confessed molesters on the monthly program “Crime Watch.”

Only people who plead guilty will be featured in the show, which partially breaks the tradition of keeping still and TV cameras out of courts.

The government reasons that the disgrace of being seen on television will deter future molesters. Critics say offenders will simply stop pleading guilty.


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