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Rape and murder of 13-year-old spark debate in junta-ruled Thailand

Published on Jul 9, 2014 4:16 PM
 

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - The rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train in Thailand have prompted a nationwide call for stricter enforcement of rape laws and a weekend rally that will defy military restrictions on public gatherings.

The crime took place on a busy train route popular with commuters. The setting and violent nature of the crime have stoked public anger in social and mainstream media and calls for the State Railway of Thailand's governor to step down.

Growing public outrage over the case is akin to reaction to the high profile gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012 which sent shockwaves across urban India.

A group calling itself the "We want to change the rape law to make it death penalty only" movement said it plans a weekend rally at Bangkok's Siam Paragon shopping centre.

 
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