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Gang rape charges mount

THAILAND: Three teachers from a total of seven suspects in the gang rape case against an underage girl at a school in Mukdahan province are likely to face charges for sexually assaulting another 16-year-old student.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 12 May 2020, 09:52AM

The teachers’ living quarters at the school in Mukdahan is one of the locations where the sexual assaults allegedly took place. Image captured from TV Channel 3/ Bangkok Post.

The teachers’ living quarters at the school in Mukdahan is one of the locations where the sexual assaults allegedly took place. Image captured from TV Channel 3/ Bangkok Post.

The three teachers are Wipoj Saensuk, Anupap Banjong and Yutthana Phuthanonnok, according to Pol Lt Col Preecha Krongyut, the inspector at Phueng Daet police station overseeing the case.

Although the teachers have been accused of organising the gang rape and asked others to join in, they will not be charged with human trafficking, said Pol Lt Col Preecha.

The 16-year-old victim, a student at the same school, is serving as a witness in the first gang rape case against a 14-year-old girl.

The teenager said she had been raped by some of the suspects accused in the other case and the information she had provided corroborated that given by the first victim.

As of now, the second reported victim has been placed into the custody of the ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

Sirikarn Klongdee, the child psychologist caring for her said the girl was under an extreme amount of stress following her ordeal.

She has been given sedatives and psychological counseling, said Ms Sirikarn, adding that while the girl does not come from a poor family, her parents are divorced.

Both victims were reportedly raped on a number of occasions over a one-year period starting in March 2019.

The alleged gang rape case sparked national outrage when the grandmother of the 14-year-old girl filed a criminal complaint last week.

So far, police had pressed charges against five teachers and two male alumni. All have denied the charges against them and requested bail, which was granted.

UWC Thailand

One of suspects, Anupap Banjong has reportedly gone to stay at his father’s home in nearby Nakhon Phanom province.

Local media followed him and interviewed Manit Promdee, 77, his uncle who was shocked at the allegations against his nephew.

Mr Manit described his nephew as “polite man who couldn’t harm a soul”.

The uncle also told local media that Mr Anupap had told him that he had joined a party where the suspects drank alcohol together and met the girls.

He said his nephew denies, however, sexually assaulting them.

Meanwhile, police investigators scoured four sites connected with the alleged crimes; the school gym, the volleyball court, the teacher rooms and their private residences.

Pol Lt Col Preecha said they had recovered used condoms and a number of empty liquor bottles.

He said the police are prepared to take the victims and witnesses into protective custody in the event of witness intimidation.

Somsak Thepsutin, Minister of Justice, said officials from the ministry were already accompanying the victims and witnesses for their security.

Both victims are also eligible to receive B110,00 each - B40,000 for medical treatment, B20,000 for mental anguish and B50,000 for punitive damages.

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Christy Sweet | 16 May 2020 - 13:10:36

Dear Web Master, TPN, 
The orchestration of my prose begs for an italics section. 

Christy Sweet | 16 May 2020 - 12:58:54

Once upon a time, editors of publications required real names and addresses of commentators as such a  policy helps rein in trolls and stalkers. Really, I'm at a point I want to argue the opposite point just for fun- so lame are the usual  insult based responses.  

Christy Sweet | 16 May 2020 - 12:54:13

16 yo females are menstruating, and usually have fully developed breasts and reproductive organs. Hardly children. Until quite recently, relative to human civilization it was the normal to be pregnant.  I often wonder why men allow their natural impulses to mate with young females be demonized. As it is illegal for the 16 yo to drink,  I'll concede that point.

Jor12 | 16 May 2020 - 09:49:11

It is defined as such by the law. Lawmakers take into consideration the views of experts and general public not nutters. A child is considered to not have the mental capacity or right or wrong 
of that of an adult. So, if you ply a child (or anyone for that matter) with alcohol which renders her incapable of making rational or informed decisions, that, according to you should not be "rape.&q...

Editor | 16 May 2020 - 00:47:48

We have allowed some extra discretion in the comments for people to explain their opinions concerning this sensitive topic, but comments have started focusing only on other people posting comments, not the issue at hand. Expect comments not to be approved if they stray too far from the topic from here on -- Ed

GerryT81 | 15 May 2020 - 21:55:50

C.S., given your comments over the last years on here and a look at your own FB site,it's so easy to get an idea of your state of mind.Your newest wicked outburst is just another confirmation for it.

Christy Sweet | 15 May 2020 - 11:11:41

...And a 110, 000 baht payoff is how such attitudes get perpetuated.  IMO  the 16 yo needs to clarify if she consented, or not.  The 14  yo is not of consent age, so charges of sex with a minor are due, but must it be called "rape" ? 

Christy Sweet | 15 May 2020 - 11:05:32

The sex with the 14 yo is illegal, thus the "rape" charge but my opinion from other info (wine, condoms and pleas) is that it was consensual. So yes, I'd like to get the term rape legally redefined as forced sex. Definitions forward chauvinistic attitudes- that a 16 yo  needs her vagina  protected from sex  is one such thought. Give her access to Info, BC and condoms  please.  

Christy Sweet | 15 May 2020 - 10:55:16

Who might I be?  I might be a person allowed to form opinions. I am addressing the "Gang Rape" headline as sensationalist and untrue. I am further addressing the inherent sexism  16 yo females face in regards to their sexuality.  I concede the teachers were wrong in their choice of sex partners. Please note 
 how it easy a response is without resorting to insults. 

Rorri_2 | 15 May 2020 - 07:50:39

Pascale, this time I agree, how could Ms Sweet know... just another anti, almost everything, rant.
Ms Sweet, did you read this "The teenager said she had been raped by some of the suspects accused in the other case and the information she had provided corroborated that given by the first victim."

Jor12 | 15 May 2020 - 05:35:46

Christy... Who might you be to have to be convinced of anything? It is the comments by Police that the 16 year old was raped and they are investigating that claim hence none have been so charged other than sexual assault.  Don't know what is "statutory sex."  Even if you are over the age consent, sex without consent is rape so you can object all you like. If you wish to change the la...

Pascale | 14 May 2020 - 22:40:13

Christy, I would like to see you telling your confused point of view directly face to face to those poor girls or to their parents. I bet you would learn a lesson which you would never forget.

Christy Sweet | 14 May 2020 - 18:55:11

I am not convinced the term rape was used by the witness, but was the choice of the writer.  I read it as the "victim" is 16 and consented. I object because rape is a forcing of sex. They had statutory sex, although isn't  16  the age of consent? 

Christy Sweet | 14 May 2020 - 18:44:58

How dare I read  past a misleading headline? 
  I was not referring to the 14 yo, and yes that the men are teachers is deplorable- none of which soothes the sexism dictating young women at age 16  are not allowed to be sexual -  apparently engaging in orgies is forbidden. I might concede 16 is too young for contractual sex,  but better  to  change that age from 21 

HubertK | 14 May 2020 - 12:57:11

Ms.Sweet, how dare you to say no one was forced and it appears consensual ? Have you been a witness ? Horrible comment.Whatever Pascale might have said to you in his censored comment,I fully agree.Actually it is a shame PN did publish your comments. You should be banned from further commenting on here.

Jor12 | 14 May 2020 - 12:46:01

Christy...whether the 14 year old consented or not to intercourse is irrelevant. There is no defence. It is defined as rape.  How do you conclude the 16 year old wanted sex or that both were consensual? The article points out that she stated she was raped as well and was a witness. The rapists have not yet been charged with the rape on the 16 year old.

Pascale | 14 May 2020 - 10:55:58

"No one was forced to have sex..." Christy, are you completely out of your mind ?  Read the article again before spreading any more nonsense.

Christy Sweet | 14 May 2020 - 09:40:51

Pedophilia is a term applied to sex with preadolescent  children, not teens and young adults. Why  some prescribe to this notion males wanting young adult sex partners is unnatural is PC gone  wild.  

Christy Sweet | 14 May 2020 - 07:57:31

No one was forced to have sex and it appears consensual. Treating 16 year old women as children is no solution and is  based on sexism- they want to have sex. 

Jor12 | 14 May 2020 - 04:54:23

R2... like I said, educate yourself on the legal ramifications of bail and when and why. If you want to skip bail that's your problem.  Have a go at trying to change the law.

Pascale | 13 May 2020 - 15:53:29

" Were they paid ? "  Ok,Christy,let's say I would rape someone and afterwards would give her 10 $ and leave.Would that make it consensual ? In my opinion your comment is disgusting. [comment truncated -- Ed]

Rorri_2 | 13 May 2020 - 08:16:54

Jor12, it is simple, it is applied more to those with wealth, and power, than the poor, irrespective what "laws" are in place.. eg, Red Bull Heir, cops up north, sentenced to death, for murder, but given bail, never seen again.

Christy Sweet | 12 May 2020 - 19:06:00

Please TPN rethink the choice of headline term. Pornifying a horrible violent assault., although frankly  it sounds like a bit of an orgy. Consensual, albeit statutory sex is hardly violent assault. I remember wanting to have sex with hot older guys when I was that age. Were they paid? Well it's their personal choice. 16 needs to be age of consent for young women. Do 16 yo men have sex?

Jor12 | 12 May 2020 - 14:39:45 should educate yourself on the legal ramifications of bail and why and when it is applied. 

Kurt | 12 May 2020 - 12:34:30

Strange that bail was granted to the men as Officials are now accompanying the victims and witness their security in fear for intimidating actions of these men. The 7 men should have been locked up. They are a danger to young girls. But also to protect them against 'actions' of the fathers of the girls.


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