Thai Junta Urged To Address Violence Against Women, Children

BANGKOK, July 10 (Bernama) - The Foundation for Women and the Regional and Bangkok Women Networks have urged the military-led National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to tackle violence against women and children, Thai News Agenncy (TNA) reports.

Representatives from the organisations submitted their proposals to curb violence against children and women to NCPO on Wednesday.

The proposals include deployment of female police from the Royal Thai Police to all parts of the country, eradication of pornographic materials, control of media content and regulating entertainment venues.

The call followed a recent case in which a 13-year-old girl was raped on a train by a train employee and thrown out of the window as the train travelled from Surat Thani province in the Thai South to Bangkok.

The incident has led to a public outcry and demand for better passenger safety particularly for women and children using public transport and harsher punishment for rapists.

Chair of Bangkok's social development volunteer group, Sasithorn Kaliwang, proposed regular police patrols every half an hour on every train and a ban be imposed on smoking and alcohol on trains.

State Railway of Thailand governor Prapat Jongsanguan has ordered a revision of regulations on banning the sale of alcohol on trains and installation of close-circuit television cameras on trains.


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