Originally Posted by jiujiuOriginally Posted by ericpIf you weren't shocked, you could yell some noise like "ooi" to scare him. You may have prevented him from capturing the image (on handphone camera or proper camera). Even he did manage to take the shot, he may be shocked, and shooked the camera, resulting in a bad image.Originally Posted by jiujiu
Most S'porean men seem to be opportunists, taking advantage of the moment when women seem to have let their guard down or consented to being photographed. You see this very often at car shows with car show models. When a model agrees to be photographed by someone daring enough to ask, hordes of others will come like vultures. If no such opportunity presents itself, most men try to shoot "discreetly" from far using a telephoto lens but they are not well hidden, and the ladies sure know they are being targetted.
If you dare, grab the guy's arm so that he can't run off, hold on, and demand an explanation for his actions.
A ClubSnap user also quoted a section of the Penal Code regarding public nuisance. While I'm no lawyer, that section does not appear to be very specific (and useful) for situations such as yours. Worse, Singapore has no privacy act (the last time I checked). I hate to say this, but legally, Singaporean women may not have much legal protection against men like that, whether they use a handphone camera or a proper camera.
Although I'm not in Singapore now, I'm very aware of the handphone camera menace. If what I see on the SGGirls website is true, it appears to be very rampant, and I can understand the annoyance it causes to women. It's worse that the commentary feature of that website sometimes carries immature claims of the woman in the image being promiscuous or something else derogatory.
In Melbourne, this matter of handphone cameras used to secretly shoot women made a newspaper headline carrying a full-page report. Men will be men, and their interest in women will just be there. Always. It drives them to photograph women. Perhaps this is a fact which most men don't want to say and women don't realise.
If you want to look at this matter in a very strict and rigid sense, every man with a camera pointing at a woman can be classified as a pervert, including all ClubSnap members, and myself not excluded. And if you want to be strict and rigid with the word "pervert", the word was not very correctly used here. The culprit wasn't doing anything severely abnormal (if you know what I mean). Anyway, most people understand the context of the word "pervert" in as often used in such a case.