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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed disagreement with the call for death penalty for rapists while the Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister said the matter is up to the legislative body’s consideration.
Following the emergence of public calls for amendments to the Criminal Code in order to subject those guilty of rape to death penalty, Prime Minister Prayut has come out to say he is not supportive of the idea. He explained that such a punishment method has been repealed in many countries due to its ineffectiveness in promoting respect for the law and in solving the problem at hand in a sustainable fashion.
The premier also cautioned that a death penalty law against rapists could also lead to power abuse and legal exploitation. Instead, he preferred to see wrongdoers be exposed to social pressure as way of discouraging them from committing the crime again.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan reserved his comment on the issue. He pointed out that public opinions and legal advice from experts on the matter will need to be taken into account while the final decision will be made by the National Legislative Assembly.