Police in Singapore said that a 25-year-old woman has been arrested for painting graffiti and placing stickers on public property. If convicted she could be beaten with a cane.
Graffiti and other forms of vandalism are very rare in Singapore. Almost all the past cases have involved foreign men, including American teenager Michael Fay, who was caned in 1994.
Police did not identify the woman or her nationality in their statement on Tuesday. They said if found guilty of vandalism, she faces mandatory caning and a fine or jail term.
The paintings and stickers were cryptic messages written mostly in the local English dialect.
The statement said that police take "a serious view of such irresponsible actions" and they will be "dealt with severely."