Harassment, whether in real life or on the internet, is an offence under Singapore law.
There are a number of types of harassment: the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words, or threats of violence, or the spreading of false statements about someone. Stalking is also a form of harassment. If someone is following you, making unwelcome attempts to communicate with you or loitering around places where you often go, such as your home or workplace, you might be a victim of stalking.
You can apply for a Protection Order at the Family Justice Courts. The person filing for the order is known as the Complainant. The harasser or the person against whom you are filing the application is called the Respondent. When preparing the application, you will have to ensure that all the facts included are true as it is an offence to make a false or exaggerated application. If the matter is urgent, an Expedited Protection Order can be applied for, in which case the Court will hear the application within three to four days of filing.
If things go smoothly, a summons will be issued to the Respondent’s address which you have provided.
If the harassment continues after the issue of the Order, you can make a police report. This is because a breach of a Protection Order is a criminal offence. If they are found guilty of breaching the order, they can be punished with a fine or even imprisonment.
If you are a victim of harassment, please call us at Yeo Law for a consultation. Our efficient and resourceful lawyers will go through the facts with you to ensure that you receive the protection you need.