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It is often said in Thailand that legitimate wives have every right to slap the face of mistresses who steal their husbands.
Sanook reported that the issue was central in the news as a popular Thai soap currently airing on TV featured such a situation.
Nothing was done to the woman in the soap, it appears.
But in real life Sanook said that was not the case.
Without appearing to ask a single lawyer they said that Article 391 provided for a jail term of one month and a fine of 10,000 for slapping someone – common assault.
Worse would happen if the mistress’s distress was filmed and posted online. Then computer crime number 16 could mean three months and a 60,000 baht fine.
Even worse still would happen if clothes were pulled off the victim. That could mean 10 years in jail and a 200,000 baht fine.
Such assault on a child could mean 15 years inside.
A spate of ask the lawyer cases has been in the Thai media recently though in this story Sanook quoted no lawyer in their analysis of the law.