Thailand Passes New Law Criminalizing Marital Rape
Monday, July 2, 2007 11:15 AM

Thailand has passed a law that punishes marital rape by a prison sentence of up to twenty years and a maximum fine of $1156 USD. The former definition of a rapist under Thai law did not extend to persons who rape their wives. The law now, however, imposes punishment regardless of whether the perpetrator is married to the victim. Women’s rights advocates have hailed this act as an important step in ensuring equal protection for everyone under the law. 

Compiled from: Thai Parliament Outlaws Marital Rape, Yahoo! Asia News, 21 June, 2007.