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Ladies: Go Topless During Songkran And Face 5,000B Fine, Say Police

Bangkok, Wed Apr 12 2017
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Metropolitan Police Bureau Major General Sompong Chengruang confirmed in a statement earlier this week that public indecency will not be tolerated during this year's Songkran Festival - especially on the Khao San Road.

He singled out women in particular saying that if ladies go topless in public during the holiday celebrations they will face a fine of up to 5,000 baht.

Major General Sompong Chingdual also warned female revellers that lewd behaviour can lead to crime: “Don't behave or dance provocatively as this can lead to sex offences,” he said.

The Major Genral implored all participants in water splashing to dress and behave politely according to the best Thai traditions. He stressed that high-powered water guns are not to be used and anyone doing so would be arrested. Additionally, powder is completely banned in Khao San Road.

Elsewhere if powder is applied it should be done without sexual overtones. If men use it as an opportunity to squeeze women inappropriately they will also be charged.

Sompong also said that the Metropolitan Police would be very strict on the roads with drink driving too and many alcohol testing checkpoints will be set up throughout the capital.

For people going up-country he asked drivers to check their vehicles especially the roadworthiness of tires. Also, he encouraged people to check their routes and identify possible shortcuts.

He added in his message to the public: “Splash water in the best Thai traditions please. Play politely and look after your children. Remember we are still in a time of mourning so behave appropriately”.

This story was originally reported by the Daily News.

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