Criminal Law

Nepalese man fined RM4,000 for pulling Colleague's Bra Strap

Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

PETALING JAYA, Jan 3 (Bernama) - A Nepalese man's action of pulling his colleague's bra strap after she ignored his calls landed him in hot water as he was slapped with an RM4,000 fine in default five months' jail by the Magistrate's Court here today.

Magistrate Mohamad Ikhwan Mohd Nasir meted out the sentence against Pratap Thokar, 25, after he pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of using a gesture intended to insult the modesty a 23-year-old local woman, by pulling her bra from behind.

The offence was committed at a cake factory in Taman Mayang, Kelana Jaya, here, at 10 am, Dec 16, under Section 509 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of five years, or a fine, or both.

According to the facts of the case, during the incident, the accused and the victim were both working at the cake section of the plant, and the accused resorted to pulling the woman's bra strap after she refused to acknowledge his calls.

Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor Alia Sumayyah Amran requested the court to mete out a deterrent sentence against the accused.

"I urge the court to take into consideration the fact that the accused has disrupted the peace of the workers at the plant," she said.

However, the accused, who was not represented, pleaded for a light sentence on the grounds he only pulled his colleague's bra strap to gain her attention after she ignored his calls.

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