Foster parent jailed and canned for child molest
The man and his wife were appointed in 2003 as foster parents by the Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports (MCYS) to care for young persons who, for various reasons, are unable to remain at home with their biological parents.
But at the Subordinate Courts yesterday, machinist Hassan Sheikh Hobibi Rahman was sentenced to 14 months' jail with three strokes of the cane for molesting his then 15-year-old ward.
Hassan and his wife had applied to the MYCS for the role of surrogate parents to take care of children on a temporary basis or until such time alternative care provisions could be provided.
It is understood that in such cases, foster parents recruited by the ministry get a monthly allowance to cover the child's schoolgoing and living expenses.
According to court documents, the girl had been staying with Hassan and his family at their Jurong West flat. They were also made aware that their new ward had previously been abused by her father.
The girl was roused from her sleep by Hassan, who squatted next to her and had his hand under her shorts, touching her groin. He quickly left the room when the victim screamed at him.
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