Thursday, November 17, 2011

Update on Prosecution of Consenting Adults in Singapore

Here’s the latest in a case I previously wrote about here.

A 24-year-old woman who had sex with her father, pleaded guilty to incest yesterday.

The technical executive is the first woman in Singapore to be charged with incest.

They were consenting adults. This shouldn’t be a criminal matter.

According to earlier reports, father and daughter were always close. When the girl became a teenager she attended drinking session with her father and his friends at coffee shops.

Their relationship became intimate in 2006 when they started hugging and kissing. She was 18 years old then.

Over time, they progressed to touching and fondling each other's private parts when they were alone in the family flat.

On the day of the incident, they had an argument while he was lying on the bed in the master bedroom and she was checking her e-mails on her laptop at the edge of the bed.

She apologised to him and he asked for a hug. Things progressed and they eventually had sex that night.

The police got involved in a convoluted way, initiated by her.

There will be another hearing in a month's time, when a judge will decide if the woman should be given probation or a jail term.

If she should have been charged with anything, she should have been charged with making a false report to police. There should be no criminal sentence for consensual sex. An adult should be free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with any consenting adults.
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