Indian jailed for 7 months for kissing a minor in Singapore

Vastavam web: An Indian national in Singapore was sentenced to seven months in prison on Tuesday for kissing a 15-year-old girl and forcing her to perform a sex act on him, according to a media report. Chellam Rajesh Kannan, 26, who met the girl, on Instagram, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a young person. The court heard that Chellam approached the girl, now aged 16, on Instagram sometime last year and sent a request to follow her account. They began messaging each other on the platform with Chellam, who is married and has a young daughter, knowing she was a minor.

Three days before their second meeting, she asked Chellam if he could buy bottles of cider for her to share with her friends. When they met at her block of flats on September 8, he passed her the bottles and asked her to follow him to a staircase landing. There, she turned down his request for a kiss, but he persisted while reminding her that he had helped her to buy alcohol. He forced her to perform a sex act on him. In mitigation, Chellam said he felt “very remorseful and shameful” and had not committed any other offences in the past three years of working in Singapore. He was previously a safety coordinator. “I have gone through lots of suffering in this case. I lost my job, I miss my family, my wife and (two-year-old) daughter… Mine is a love marriage and my wife is on her own,” Chellam was quoted to News. For sexual exploitation of a young person, he could have been fined up to USD 10,000 or jailed up to five years, or both..