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Amended criminal provisions have come into effect designed for harsher penalties and broader definition of offence related to sex with the underage.
The amendments have also increased the penalties for sex with corpse.
Based on the Friday’s publication of the Royal Gazette, key amendments include:
• Statutory rape offence, committed to underage male or female less than 15 years old, is punishable by imprisonment from four years to 20 years and a fine of 80,000 baht to 400,000 baht.
• Statutory rape is defined as an act to satisfy sexual needs of offender by using sexual genitals or any objects to violate the victim’s genitals, anus and mouth.
• Statutory rape offence against male or female victims less than 13 years old is punishable by the jail term ranging from seven years to 20 years, life imprisonment, and a fine of 140,000 baht to 400,000 baht.
• Armed offender for statutory rape is punishable by life imprisonment.
• If statutory rape offender is less than 18 years old, the Family and Juvenile Court has the mandate to invoke the Child Protection Act to ensure the welfare of offender and victim. In such case, the court may grant leniency for lesser punishment and allow a marriage after serving the sentence.
In regard to amended provisions on necrophilia, the key points are:
• Offence for sex with corpse is punishment by jail term of up to three years and a fine of no more than 60,000 baht.
• The offence applies to any sexual act committed with genitals or any object done to the corpse’s genitals, anus and mouth.
• Molesting a corpse is punishable by jail term of up to two years and a fine of no more than 40,000 baht.