Should a person with special needs be culpable for a sexual crime? Call for more options in sentencing those with special needs

The Disabled People's Association  said it is currently working to educate legal professionals, persons with disabilities and their caregivers about their legal rights and the support schemes available.
The Disabled People's Association said it is currently working to educate legal professionals, persons with disabilities and their caregivers about their legal rights and the support schemes available.PHOTO: ST FILE

Recent sexual offence cases raise concerns about reforming and protecting these people

Should a person with special needs be culpable for a sexual crime if there was no bad intent or awareness of wrongdoing?

This issue was widely debated recently after a 22-year-old man with autism was arrested in Malaysia last month for allegedly touching a woman's chest when out celebrating his birthday with his family.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2018, with the headline 'Call for more options in sentencing those with special needs'. Print Edition | Subscribe