Bangladeshi jailed for posting nude photos of domestic helper online after she rejected his advances


Original article from The Straits Times

SINGAPORE – A Bangladeshi man angry with a foreign domestic helper for rejecting his advances leaked her nude photos online.

For his actions, Islam Rokibul, 32, a marine trades worker, was sentenced to four months’ jail on Monday (Jan 14).

He had pleaded guilty to criminal intimidation and transmitting obscene material by electronic means.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jaime Pang told the court that Islam and his 28-year-old victim first got to know each other on Facebook. The victim cannot be named to protect her identity.

One day, Islam had a video call with the woman on Facebook Messenger while she was in the shower.

He managed to take multiple screenshots of her face and naked body without her knowledge or permission. He did this in order to force her into a permanent relationship with him.

Sometime in September last year, the maid stopped communicating with him.

Around 9.30am on Sept 9, he phoned the woman and threatened to post her photos online if she refused to have a permanent relationship with him.

He made multiple calls and also sent her multiple text messages, repeating the threat.

When his attempts did not work, Islam used his mobile phone to post seven nude photos of the woman on the social media platform IMO, knowing that these would be circulated.

He did this to shame the victim, as he was angry with her, said DPP Pang.

The woman made a police report at Yishun North Neighbourhood Police Centre on Oct 4 last year.

The DPP told the court that though the images on IMO have since been deleted, the woman still receives the images from unknown people, along with requests for sex.

For criminal intimidation to impute unchastity to a woman, Islam could have been jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

For transmitting obscene images electronically, he could have been jailed for up to three months and fined.