The USA Today, reports that the New Hampshire state Senate voted on Thursday 17 April 2014 to repeal its anti-adultery law, by sending the bill to the Governor Maggie Hassan, who is thought likely to sign it into law. Under the present law, a convicted adulterer can be punished with a fine of up to USD 1,200.
“States’ anti-adultery laws are rarely enforced, a vestige of our country’s Puritanical beginnings”, says Naomi Cahn, a law professor at the George Washington University Law School.
States with anti-cheating laws generally define adultery as a married person having sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse.
Adultery is not a criminal offense in Thailand, but it can be used as a ground to divorce a cheating spouse. Adultery is also a civil offense in Thailand meaning that an adulterer can be sued in Civil Court by an aggrieved spouse.
The first tourist court in Thailand will open tomorrow in Pattaya in an attempt to boast visitors confidence about their safety in Thailand. The Nation has confirmed that six additional courts are planned for Khao San Road and Silom in Bangkok, Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi.
The courts will be opened 4.30-8.30 pm and tourists are encouraged to make complaints about poor service or personal security.
If it’s a serious issue, the case will be transferred to the regular court.
The man arrested for shooting dead his bride-to-be has claimed that he killed her and her mother, when his would be in-law tried to stop their wedding by increasing the sin sod (bride price) for her daughter, from 500,000 baht to 2 million baht reports the Bangkok Post.
Tasaphol Haekla, 35, has allegedly told the police he only intended to shoot his future mother-in-law, but said he killed Kewelin too, because of being stressed and unhappy about his lover’s behaviour. Tasaphol had previouslyaccused Kewelin of being fond of talking to his close friend using the Line chat application.
A Thailand marriage requires the payment of a sin sood to compensate the family for the loss of their daughter.
A senior monk of Wat Bang Bua in Bang Khen district has been arrested and defrocked for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl reports The Bangkok Post. Sanan Khamseedang, 64, formerly known as Phra Maha Sanan Kitipattho has been hiding in Wat Thung Ruang Thong in tambon Thung Ruang Thong of Phayao’s Chun district since a warrant for his arrest was issued in June.
Under Thailand criminal law if the victim of rape is a minor who is not over 15 years of age, whether the sexual intercourse was with or without the consent of the victim, the offender shall be imprisoned for 20 years and shall pay a fine ranging from 8,000-40,000 Baht.
The news of course comes very soon after senior monk, Phra Wirapol Sukphol – better known as Luang Pu Nen Kham Chattiko is being investigated for money laundering irregularities.