The three teenage girls who danced topless during Songkran festivities met with police yesterday as the Ministry of Culture quietly replaced its “offensive” website picture with this one.
Topless teens fined B500
They weren’t drunk. They were just having fun. That is what the three teenage girls who danced topless before a crowd of Songkran revellers told police after they surrendered last night.
Last Friday, as a mainly male audience cheered and the trio‘s festive mood skyrocketed, they took off their shirts and danced topless on a car
roof near the intersection of Silom and Narathiwat Ratchanakharinroads.
The three, whose names and faces have not been revealed, appeared at a police station in Thonburi last night.
Yannawa police chief Monchai Sriprasert said the girls “feel embarrassed“. They are aged between 14 and 16 years old, police said, and they were fined 500 baht each on obscenity charges. Anybody who has distributed video footage of their topless dance over the internet should also face charges, Pol Col Monchai said.
Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said those who cheered the girls on and urged them to take off their clothes should be considered supporters of the crime, although they will not be prosecuted.
Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombut swiftly ordered the removal of a painting of topless women from the ministry website after speculation that it may have influenced the girls.
The website featured the watercolour painting by Somphop Butrach, depicting three topless women otherwise dressed in ancient Thai garments,
welcoming the Thai New Year.
“Sometimes, art and obscenity overlaps,” Mr Nipit said. But he said if people considered this painting to be indecent, he was worried that other artistic
pictures and statues of topless women could no longer be displayed in public.
“Or maybe we have to buy bras to cover up the Nang Ngueak and Peesua Samut sculptures to prevent obscenity,” he said, referring to a topless mermaid and female sea giant from the Phra Apai-manee legendary tale.
Comment: If the Culture Minister Thinks this way, he should confiscate all the history books about Thailand and burn them. Since when is it considered obscene for Women to go Topless in Thailand. What has he done about all the topless bars, GoGO clubs, Brothels, Street Walkers, Boys Clubs, Tiffany’s In Pattaya and the list goes on and on. These are great Tourist attractions in Thailand, and they take in a lot of money each day of the week. Bus after Bus loads of tourist flock to these places/joints daily to see what they want to see, and it is provided at a cost. These operators pay large sums of money and get their licenses from the Government, it is common place if you want to run an Entertainment Business. It is condoned, so where is the problem with 3 Thai teenagers out having fun at New Years, and especially the police making such a big deal out of it! And to whit having to pay a fine of 500TB or $16. This is madness! Hotdogfish