Bangkok topless dancers face legal action

18 Apr 2011

Three teenagers who danced topless in Bangkok during last week’s Songkran festival face legal proceedings. A video clip of the three women dancing on a vehicle roof was posted on the internet and has since been widely circulated and received countless hits.

Nipit Intarasombat, Thailand’s culture minister, led the calls for the three dancers as well as the people who uploaded the video onto the internet to be punished for shaming the country’s traditions and moral values. The incident is alleged to have taken place on Friday evening on Silom Road in the heart of Bangkok’s main entertainment district.

The thoroughfare is in the Bangkok district of Bang Rak, close to Patpong. The district office director, Surakiat Limcharoen, at the weekend lodged a formal complaint with local police and said the three should be charged with obscenity.

The one-minute-long video clip shows bystanders and revellers cheering the three topless dancers, and other officials and moral watchdogs say event organisers should also be prosecuted. Friday was the last official day of Songkran, an annual festival that the whole country celebrates with water fights at traditionally the hottest time of the year.  

The three dancers face fines, if convicted, of a maximum 500 Baht apiece for lewd behaviour in public, but anybody convicted of posting the video clip online is looking at prosecution under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act and could be jailed for up to five years and fined 100,000 Baht.

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