An Indian-origin physiotherapist in Singapore, Luke Manimaran Degarajoo, 43, was jailed for 11 months and three strokes of caning for molesting a teenager during treatment. The accused reportedly touched the 18-year-old girl inappropriately during a physiotherapy session in his clinic in March 2017. She visited him seeking treatment for back and hip pain.
At that time, Degarajoo told the girl the treatment session would be for around 15 minutes and directed her to a massage bed in a therapy room. During the massage, the physiotherapist told the teenager to remove her top and loosen her shorts. She abided by thinking it as part of the treatment. While massaging her, Degarajoo reportedly molested her twice after rolling down her underwear and shorts. The massage ended when the victim heard the physiotherapist speaking to her friend who had glanced into the room and was surprised to find her nude. She did not complain initially as she was unsure if the way he touched her was part of the treatment. However, the teenager told her friend about her ordeal after they left the clinic and made a police report.
When confronted, Degarajoo claimed the girl needed a "deep massage" as her injury was "very bad". He later gave her a report detailing his assessment of her condition.
The physiotherapist is now out on a 10,000 Singapore dollars bail after the court granted his request to defer his sentence as he had to settle some personal matters. He will surrender himself on April 20 to begin serving his sentence.