Singapore Adultery Punishment- What will happen to those found guilty of adultery?

Many of my clients, upon the discovery of their spouse’s adultery, ask me about Singapore adultery punishment.

Singapore adultery punishment

What will happen to those “found guilty” of adultery? How will they be punished?

A woman can be sentenced to death if found guilty of adultery in say, Pakistan.

On the other hand, there is close to no Singapore adultery punishment even if you have evidence of your spouse’s adultery.

Adultery in the Singapore context is only a reason for divorce. It is a fact that is used to show that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Whether you use “unreasonable behaviour”, “separation”, “desertion” or “adultery” as a reason for divorce, you get a divorce. If you hire a private investigator, you may be compensated (in full or in part) for the amount you spent on the private investigator. You will not receive more alimony or a higher percentage of the assets simply because you have evidence of your spouse’s adultery. Similarly, it does not mean that you will get the sole custody of your child if you can prove that your spouse committed adultery.

This is very different from what they do in some other parts of the world.

“Adultery” in Pakistan

In Pakistan, for instance, a 19-year-old woman was recently sentenced to death because her cousin raped her gunpoint. She was asleep at her family home when it happened. After she reported the crime to the local tribal court, she was told that she had “intentionally seduced” her cousin. The poor woman was then found guilty of adultery and declared as an adulteress. She was to be sentenced to death by stoning or to be sold off. No action was to be taken against the alleged rapist.

Thankfully, the woman and her father have since gone to the police who have started an official investigation.

See: Chris Pleasance, “Woman, 19, is sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after she was ‘raped at gunpoint by her cousin’ in Pakistan”, MailOnline, 30 May 2017

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