Thai Justice Ministry offers help to family of teen rape victim

PUBLISHED ON FRI, APR 21, 2017 11:48 AM

Justice Ministry offers help to family of teen rape victim




BANGKOK: -- THE FAMILY of a 14-year-old gang-rape victim has requested protection and legal assistance from the Justice Ministry.


The victim’s mother told the ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Tawatchai Thaikyo during their meeting yesterday that she had faced intimidation over her efforts to fight for justice. 


The sexual attacks took place last November. But it became big news only this week after Songkran Atchariyasap, a lawyer who chairs a network that professes to target threats to the nation, religion and monarchy, came forward. He brought the victim’s mother to Deputy National Police Commissioner Pol Lt-General Srivara Ransibrahma-nakul on Tuesday and to Tawatchai yesterday. 


Following the sexual attacks, the girl was allegedly offered to a much older man, making the case qualify as human trafficking. 


“The victim’s mother can immediately seek protection because it’s related to human trafficking,” Tawatchai said. He added that the Justice Fund would help the victim with legal expenses. 


“We will also contact the Education Ministry to help her find a new school,” Tawatchai said. 


Songkran said he suspected that the main suspect behind the alleged procurement might still be at large judging by the available evidence. 


It is widely believed that local police in Suphan Buri’s Dan Chang district were initially reluctant to arrest suspects in the case because the crime was linked to a retired police officer. 


However, following the meeting between the victim’s mother and Srivara, police quickly arrested six suspects – four on charges of gang rape and two others on charges of human trafficking. 


Suphan Buri’s police chief Pol Maj-General Sukhun Prommayon said yesterday that police investigators in charge of the case had already been transferred out of the Dan Chang area pending a disciplinary probe. 


Sukhun denied reports that the older man who allegedly paid to have sex with the girl was a government official. 


“No, he’s not. Anyway at this point, I can only reveal that he is a 54-year-old man in Suphan Buri’s Nong Ya Sai district,” he said. 



-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-04-21
latest news from Thailand

Higher spending by people in Vegetarian Festival Oct 20-28  The vegetarian festival this year is expected to see more people observing the festival and higher spending than the previous year. According to a survey by the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Thai Vegetarian Festival which...


Air passengers advised to leave early for Don Mueang airport  Air passengers who are scheduled to fly from Don Mueang airport on Saturday (Oct 14) have been advised to leave at least one and a half hours  for travelling as many spots of Bangkok have been flooded, said Don Mueang airport director...


Junta rule and lack of adequate reform have hurt economy, say academicsBy WICHIT CHAITRONG THE SUNDAY NATION Mana Nimitmongkol ALTHOUGH the Thai economy has changed a lot since the era of the student-led uprising of October 14, 1973 some key things remain largely the same and have become a drag on...


Royal ex-officer lauds spirit of 1973By The Sunday Nation File photo: Pol General Vasit Dejkunjorn Urges student to pay greater role of country's welfare AS A ROYAL Court Security police officer in touch with young and energetic students protesting against the military government of General Thanom...