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Punishments for revenge porn in different countries

SINGAPORE

■ Maximum penalty for electronically transmitting obscene objects: A jail term up to three months and/or a fine

■ Insulting a woman's modesty: A jail term of up to a year and a fine

■ Criminal intimidation: Up to two years' jail and/or a fine

BRITAIN

Angry lovers who post naked images of former partners on the Internet without their consent could face prosecution, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said July 1.

"The government is very open to having a serious discussion about this with a view to taking appropriate action in the autumn if we can identify the best way of doing so."

US

Several states have made it a crime to post sexually explicit or nude images of people online without their consent, amid growing anger towards websites dedicated to publishing such content, often submitted by ex-partners.

In 2004, New Jersey made it illegal to post explicit pictures without the pictured person's consent.

Last year, California banned the posting of images for the purpose of harassing the pictured individual. Offenders face a maximum six-month prison term or a fine of US$1,000 (S$1,242).

In May, Arizona became the 10th state to outlaw "revenge porn". Other states include Idaho, Utah, Virginia, Georgia and Wisconsin.

JAPAN

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party in February set up a special committee to discuss ways to criminalise and penalise revenge porn, reported digital Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun AJW.