Updated: 03/03/2014 23:05

New harassment bill makes stalking an offence

New harassment bill makes stalking an offence

A fine up to $5,000, a jail term not exceeding 12 months or both may await those who engage in stalking, under a proposed legislation that seeks to make the behaviour a new offence under the law. 

Stalking was among the offences included in the Protection from Harassment Act 2014, which was tabled in Parliament this afternoon. 

Other offences laid out in the Bill are harassment, causing alarm or distress, fear or provocation of violence, and threatening, abusing or insulting a public servant or public service worker.

These offences, which are currently covered under the Miscellaneous Offences (Public Order and Nuisance) Act, will see heftier penalties. 

Acts carried out under a duty or power under the law for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime, or carried out on behalf of the Government and was necessary for the purpose of national security, national defence or the conduct of international relations are not criminalised under the Bill.

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