An anti-harassment and stalking law is set to take effect in June. According to Taipei City Police Department's Rapid Transit Division, it handled 10 stalking and harassment cases in 2020 and 27 in 2021.
A woman wearing a black floral skirt surnamed Huang in her 30s boarded a Taipei Metro car in November 2021. Shortly after sitting down, a stranger appeared in front of her. On this day, Huang changed her seat twice. The 27-year-old man surnamed Wu, who is circled in the footage, followed her and changed his seat when she did. Huang immediately pressed the emergency intercom button to get assistance. She unexpectedly encountered this man again in January this year.
Sung Chun-liang, Captain, Criminal Affairs Div., Rapid Transit Div., Taipei City PD: “Ms. Huang realized that she was once again being stalked by this man. She immediately pressed the emergency intercom button in the car to notify the driver. The metro police and station personnel immediately arrived to handle the situation. The Department of Social Welfare will be handling the follow-up in accordance with the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act. ”
The police cited the Sexual Harassment Prevention Act to refer the case to prosecutors, and appropriate legal action will be taken against future illicit behavior. According to statistics compiled by Taipei City Police Department's Rapid Transit Division, it handled 10 stalking and harassment cases in 2020 and 27 in 2021. There were four cases in January this year.
Sung Chun-liang, Captain, Criminal Affairs Div., Rapid Transit Div., Taipei City PD: “Riders are asked to be vigilant when on the metro. They and their belongings should maintain an appropriate distance from others to protect themselves and avert controversies. Anyone who feels they are harassed or stalked can speak up and report the case to authorities.”
An anti-harassment and stalking law is set to take effect on June 1. It defines stalking and harassment as continuous or repeated actions. Illegal behaviors include stalking, watching and trailing, discriminatory or demeaning behavior, online harassment, fraudulent use of personal information, tarnishing reputations, sending objects, and pursuing a relationship in an inappropriate manner. The maximum punishment is a five-year sentence and a NT$500,000 fine.