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by Peter Moskos

August 3, 2011

"Outraging the Modesty"

From the Singapore Straits Times:
A Briton on a visit here was charged on Friday with outraging the modesty of a 30-year-old woman in a Clarke Quay club.

Austin Charles Arnold Cowburn, 34, is alleged to have grabbed her buttock in the China One pub at 4am on April 3 2011.
AOL Travel adds:
The maximum sentence for the crime is two years in prison coupled with a fine and a lashing across the bare butt with a rattan cane. The penalties can (and likely will) be changed if the judge feels like avoiding an international incident.

The groping occurred at the luxurious China One nightclub where Cowburn, a recruitment specialist currently working in Qatar, proved to not be so great at his job after all.
A notoriously rule-bound country, Singapore has the tendency to treat its citizens like unruly school kids. To wit, anyone convicted of littering three time is forced to clean the streets while wearing a bib saying: "I am a litterer."
Flogging for a minor offense. How barbaric! How un-American!!! I mean, here, when somebody grabs a girl's ass at a club, you start a fight and shoot and kill the guy. That's the American way. I love civilized progress.

Now excuse me while I go "outrage" my wife's modesty. Hmmm, that might just be a new catchphrase here at home.

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