An Indian national who works as a software engineer in Singapore under the CECA trade deal, was sentenced to 5 days’ jail for randomly kissing a 24-year-old Singaporean woman’s hand in public and offering her to have sex for S$100.

34-year-old CECA foreign talent, Meesala Siva Prasad, defended himself in court saying that he had no criminal intent and that it is “his culture” to kiss woman in public and offering them to be prostitutes.

On 27 Jun 2019 at 10.50pm, the Indian national approached a woman at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and asked for walking direction to the North East Line. The Singaporean woman then kindly walked him to the train line, and along the way, he asked her to go to Hotel 81 with him.

The father of two children took out S$100 from his wallet and repeatedly asked the woman to have sex with him. The Indian national then took her right hand and kissed it in the train.

The Singapore public prosecutor said the offence is minor and a fine would suffice, but as Meesala had been detained by the police for undisclosed number of days. The judge then sentenced him to 5 days’ jail and backdated it to the day he was remanded.