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Thai PE teacher allegedly continued to rape students over three years

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Sanook is reporting that a Thai PE teacher was effectively allowed to continue raping students after an initial complaint. A student complained three years ago that she was forced to the floor by the teacher who, the student claims, then tried to rape her.

But the claims of the girl were not properly investigated or acted upon at the time. The teacher was just fined two days wages as a ‘slap on the wrist’, reports Sanook. Then over the next three years he continued to rape more than 20 students.

Even now the authorities are still just setting up investigative committees though the teacher is finally out of the class. He is reported to be ‘shuffling paper’ in an inactive education department post while his case is discussed. Education chiefs are talking about him losing his job but nobody has mentioned jail at this stage.

An anti human trafficking unit staff member was clearly aghast during an interview as to how a teacher could rape so many over so long a period after a complaint was made about him. In a Thai Rath video Ronasit Preuksayasiwa explained how the teacher concerned asked the 16 year old girl to clean a classroom.

“He then locked the door and forced her to the floor and tried to rape her. A committee was set up and the police got involved but no one really believed the girl. The teacher was just fined a couple of days’ wages and carried on.”

But in the next three years he allegedly raped or molested 20 others, according to the story. Finally, at the beginning of July a flood of complaints started on Facebook.

Said Ronasit: “If they had believed the student three years ago none of this would have happened”.

Thai Rath interviewed a Klong Toey, Bangkok, district official who said that a committee had been set up.

“You have to understand our procedures”, the female official said condescendingly to the reporter. She added that it is a serious case but guilt needs to be proved.

“If he is guilty he will lose his job in the civil service – you can be sure of that”.

The official said the committee would report by the end of this month.

Source: Sanook



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Newborn baby dumped beside garbage bins

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A newborn baby has been found abandoned near rubbish bins in Chon Buri province, south-east of Bangkok, earlier today.

18 year old city sanitation worker, Anucha Boonkhai, has told police that he had loaded garbage from all the bins on Soi 4 of Ban Kao village in Tambon Ban Kao, Muang district, when he spotted a pile of towels. He checked and found a baby boy, whose umbilical cord was still attached still smudged with blood, wrapped in one of the towels.

The baby was alive but had been bitten by mosquitoes and insects so he called an emergency unit of a hospital and then informed police.

Police are now checking footage from security and CCTV cameras in the area to try to identify the mother or person who had dumped the newborn baby.

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Summer storms leave 6,900 homes damaged this month

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More than 6,900 houses, mostly in a patch through the central-north regions of Thailand, have been hit by summer storms since the beginning of April, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Chayapol Thitisak, the director-general, says the department has received reports that 6,940 houses in 1,010 villages in 307 tambon of 115 districts had been damaged by storms since April 5. Twenty-nine provinces have been affected.

He said nine villagers were reported injured during the period as a result of storm damage.

Chayapol said his department has coordinated with Army bases and government agencies concerned to provide help to the affected villagers.

The summer storms, quickly developing tropical storm-cells, are prevalent this time of the year, usually when cooler air from China starts to interact with the rising south-western monsoon. They can be quite violent, sudden and bring strong winds, torrential rain and even hail.

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Third runway for BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport

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The Thai cabinet yesterday approved the construction of a third runway at Suvarnabhumi International Airport as part of the country’s ambition to become the aviation hub of ASEAN.

The 21.7 billion baht project will increase the combined capacity of Suvarnabhumi international airport’s runways to 94 arrivals and departures per hour from the current 64, said Lt-Gen Weerachon Sukonthapatipak, deputy government spokesman.

Suvarnabhumi Airport (aka. BKK) was opened in 2006 as Bangkok’s second airport. Initially it replaced the tired Don Mueang Airport but Don Mueang was later revamped as a low-coast airport to service the growing traffic demands.

Meanwhile Suvarnabhumi Airport was, and still is, operating above its designed capacity. An earlier bid to build a third terminal has been mired in controversy and is currently shelved pending a new brief from Airports of Thailand with a new round of design bids called for in the future.

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