Police in Thailand are considering changing the law for minors in response to a recent surge in violent crimes committed by young offenders. National police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol has ordered a study to determine if tougher penalties should be imposed on juvenile offenders. The study will analyze criminal cases involving young offenders over the past five years and submit its findings to the Justice Ministry by the end of this month.
The move by the Royal Thai Police comes after a series of violent incidents involving minors, which have sparked public outcry and demands for stricter laws. One such incident involved the brutal assault and subsequent death of a 47-year-old woman in Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district. Five individuals between the ages of 13 and 16 were arrested in connection with the crime.
Concerns have been raised regarding the handling of the case by local police in Aranyaprathet district. Footage from security cameras obtained by a TV reporter showed the victim being viciously assaulted by a group of teenagers, one of whom is the son of a policeman. The police chief has assured the public that the investigation into the woman’s death will be transparent, and he has instructed senior officers to review the local police’s handling of the case.
The incident has also prompted calls for a review of the juvenile criminal law. Nattacha Boonchai-insawat, a member of the Move Forward Party and head of the House committee on social welfare, believes that the law should be reevaluated to ensure that the severity of a juvenile’s offense is taken into account. While the law currently provides young offenders with a second chance, there are concerns that it may not adequately address cases involving premeditated murder or group assaults.
The incident involving the 47-year-old woman has highlighted not only the need for potential changes to the juvenile criminal law but also the need for reform within the police force. Boonchai-insawat believes that the police force is currently facing a crisis of faith and requires significant improvement.
In conclusion, the Thai police are considering amending the juvenile criminal law in response to a rise in violent crimes committed by young offenders. The recent incident in Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district has ignited public concern and calls for stricter laws. The study into tougher penalties for juvenile offenders is expected to be completed by the end of this month, and its findings will be submitted to the Justice Ministry.