outcry after a court decision deemed too lenient for the assailant of a student

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A Singapore student has been sentenced by the courts to 12 days in prison for violently assaulting his ex-girlfriend. A decision that caused an uproar, because it was considered too lenient.

petitions online have emerged to demand harsher penalties against the perpetrator. For the advocacy group Aware, this verdict “reflects, once again, the imbalance between the value placed on women survivors of assault and their male attackers. The harm suffered by women is often minimized.” “data-reactid =” 24 “> In May 2019 , Yin Zi Qin strangled his ex-girlfriend until she passed out and stuck his thumb in her eye until it bleed, because she wanted to break up with him. After pleading guilty, this dental student 23-year-old was sentenced on Friday by the Singapore courts to a “short-term” sentence of 12 days in prison, AFP reports. He will have no criminal record, will have to do 80 hours of work in general interest, and report regularly to the authorities for 5 months.

These court decisions have caused a real outcry on social networks and among women’s rights defenders. Dozens of online petitions have sprung up calling for tougher penalties against the assailant. For the defense group Aware, this verdict “once again reflects the imbalance between the value placed on women survivors of assault and their male attackers. The harm suffered by women is often downplayed.”

“Consternation”

The female branch of the ruling party in the city-state also expressed, in a statement, his “dismay” at a court ruling deemed “disproportionate.” The outbreak of flames forced the Minister of the Interior and Justice Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam to intervene. He announced that the government would quickly review the way decisions were made in such cases of violence against women.

Although the case did not take place on its campus, the University of Singapore announced that the student had been suspended. Following her assault, the traumatized victim had to treat an eye infection that took five months to resolve, and she had to wear an eye patch.

According to the texts in force in Singapore, Yin Zi Qin could have been given a sentence of up to two years in prison.

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