In a shameful incident, an Indian man has been charged with the rape of a female university student near the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore.
The Indian national, identified as Chinnaiah Karthik (21), allegedly approached the female student along Turf Club Avenue at around 1.30 am on May 4, according to reports.
Initially, the student tried to defend herself but was overpowered by the man. He is then alleged to have dragged her into a forested area between the Singapore Turf Club and Kranji War Memorial, where he raped her.
It was not clear whether the student was jogging or walking home at the time of the incident, or whether the attack was premeditated.
Police conducted the investigations. The culprit Karthik was identified through surveillance footage recorded in the area, including from a camera attached to a nearby lamp post.
He was arrested near his dormitory during a police ambush and charged two days later. Currently, he is in remand as the police continue with their investigations.
If convicted of the serious sexual offence, Karthik could face a jail sentence of between eight and 20 years and at least 12 strokes of the cane.
High Court of Singapore will hear his case on June 3.