Rights group seeks to curb groping cases during Thai water fest

Songkran in Chiang Mai's Tha Phae Gate area. A Thai foundation has submitted a list of recommendations for this year's Songkran holiday, including increasing checkpoints where women can report incidents.
Songkran in Chiang Mai's Tha Phae Gate area. A Thai foundation has submitted a list of recommendations for this year's Songkran holiday, including increasing checkpoints where women can report incidents.PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Almost 60% of female revellers polled were groped during celebrations last year: Survey

As Thailand prepares for nationwide Songkran celebrations, a local rights group has called for measures to prevent sexual harassment during the water festival, after a survey found that almost 60 per cent of female revellers were groped.

The Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation surveyed 1,650 females aged 10 to 40 and living in Bangkok. It found that 59.3 per cent were groped during the celebrations last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2018, with the headline 'Rights group seeks to curb groping cases during Thai water fest'. Print Edition | Subscribe