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March 26, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A male British Airways crewmember has been arrested in Singapore following the alleged rape or molestation of a female BA flight attendant during a stopover party.

Britain’s Daily Mail said the incident had occurred during an “off-duty drinks party” in Singapore.

Singapore’s Straits Times reported British Airways saying it was cooperating with police investigations into what the paper called “a case of outrage of modesty involving its cabin crew”.

The term “outrage of modesty” derives from section 354 of Singapore’s Penal Code and covers “assault or use of criminal force to a person with intent to outrage modesty”. It carries a prison term of up to two years, a fine, caning, or any combination of those punishments.

Rape, however, includes sexual penetration and is considered a more serious crime under Singapore’s Penal Code. It carries a prison term up to 20 years, a fine, caning or any combination.

Caning in Singapore is with a rattan cane which is soaked in water overnight. Rape generally brings at least 12 strokes of the rattan.

The Straits Times quoted police saying a 46-year-old man had been arrested in relation to the case and police investigations were continuing. There were no reports of charges having been laid.

The respected Singaporean newspaper said it understood the female victim is 29 years old. The incident is believed to have occurred at Hotel Jen Tanglin.

British news outlets are using terms like “rape allegation” or “suspicion of rape”.

The MailOnline reported that after making the allegation, the complainant, said to be a senior BA female flight attendant, had been moved from the Hotel Jen Tanglin (the usual BA crew hotel in Singapore) and provided with a room at a different hotel.

London’s Sun quoted a British Airways spokesman as saying “We are co-operating with the police investigation and are offering our full support to our cabin crew.

“As it is a live investigation we won’t be commenting further.”

Written by Peter Needham

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