Everyone knows that life is stressful nowadays and it is not only for the adults, so are the students. In finding a way to “de-stress”, Malaysian Li Yaw Chung, a student at UniSIM decided to record upskirt videos of various women on escalators at shopping malls and elsewhere.
After he has been caught, he told the police that he enjoyed the thrill of taking upskirt videos and more so enjoyed the thrill at the possibility of being caught. He thought of it as a challenge and needed the thrill to de-stress.
He was caught at Lot One Shoppers’ Mall at Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 on 8th April 2015 after a Singaporean has witnessed him filming the upskirt videos of three unidentified women with his mobile phone.
While there are also other occasions which he has took upskirt videos at various shopping centres and even at the train station nearby his school.
He pleaded guilty to 12 counts of insulting the modesty of a woman, with 14 other charges taken into consideration. On 2nd Sep 2016, he was given a 16 weeks’ jail term for the offences.
He could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined for each count of insulting modesty.
What is upskirting?
Upskirting refers to taking photographs or videos (typically with a smartphone) up someone’s skirt without their permission. It is one of many sexual acts that are present among those individuals (we called them perverts) that have a voyeuristic disorder.
Accordingly to forensic psychologist Dr Julia Lam, she notes that it is a paraphilic/psychosexual disorder in which an individual derives sexual pleasure and gratification from looking at naked bodies and genital organs, observing the disrobing or sexual acts of others.
The Upskirter Hall Of Fame
Below are some of the other cases that happened in Singapore
- Chu Ben Wee, 28, would be the top on this list with his atrocious acts revealed and is one of the most prolific serial upskirts cases in Singapore. He was a medical student-turned-doctor (that means he was smart) whom had hidden GoPro cameras in his “special shoes” and took more than 3,000 upskirts videos over at least four year period. He was sentenced to three years’ jail on 11th December 2020.
- Yap Seng Gim, 45, took 217 of upskirt videos of women and was later diagnosed with voyeuristic disorder. All this happended after his wife died in a traffic accident. He was given eight months’ jail on 30th June 2021.
- Royston Kesavan, 40, took several upskirt videos of his classmate and was caught while looking at one of the videos on the train.
- Abel Tan Yew Hong, 28, took upskirt vidoes of 10 women from 24 July to 10 September in 2019 at various locations, including Bedok and Serangoon MRT stations, and also Suntec City. The product development engineer claimed he was only testing his smartphone and he was jailed 11 weeks.