Oddly Enough is certainly an apt title for the Reuters column that runs stories like this one: “Armpit sniffer gets jail and cane.” According to the article, the 23 year-old man was sentenced to 14 years in jail and 18 strikes of the cane for sniffing womens’ armpits in stairwells, elevators, and even their homes. Even stranger, the man is reported to be mentally unstable. If you ask me, regardless of his mental faculties, 14 years is a bit excessive for this kind of thing. Or maybe this is normal in Singapore. In that case, I wonder what their punishment for drunk driving or murder is?
This just goes to show how different our two countries’ justice systems are. In Signapore, this activity warrants extended jail time. In the U.S., the offender would be institutionalized and medicated for his disorder, all the while undergoing extensive therapy.