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Thai Junta Considering Automatic Drafting of Unruly Students to Military Service

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TROUBLESOME students involved in violent rows may be automatically drafted into Thailand’s military service as authorities attempt to crack down on unruliness after a shooting broke out between two groups of student rivals on June 27.

The Thai junta are mulling over the decision, which comes after prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha invoked Section 44 of the interim constitution. Section 44 states that authorities can detain students planning to fight with their rivals for up to six hours, and send them to the police, their schools, or their parents after.

Under the section, parents of the students will also be held responsible for their children’s actions, and authorities can demand an amount of surety from them to guarantee their children will not be involved in violence for at least two years. If the guarantee is breached, the surety will be confiscated and added to a student protection fund.

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The students’ school or college will also bear responsibility, and could be disallowed to recruit new students for the coming semesters if investigations showed they failed to control the students.

Spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Col. Piyapong Klinpan, said the idea to automatically draft such students came during a meeting on administrative reform chaired by deputy prime minister and defense minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

The Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) reported that Klinpan said students involved in violent brawls will be blacklisted and immediately drafted into the military service as soon as they graduate, instead of being processed through regular conscription. He added that the NCPO is currently looking into the legal aspects of the idea.

Under normal circumstances, any 18-year-old male citizen is mandated by law to be drafted into the military service, but draw black or red lots if they pass the physical and mental test.

If they draw a red lot, they will be selected as a draftee, but will be released if they draw black.

Yesterday, Thai police vowed to deal penalties under Section 44 for the first time against the parents of the two students from Minburi Polytechnic College of Technology, who were involved in last month’s shooting.

Nattapong Sangtong-ngarm and Pakawat Tunma prostrated themselves at their parents feet at a press conference to beg forgiveness for their crimes, which involved them shooting at a bus in a market, resulting in the injuries of four people.

Story courtesy of The Asian Correspondent

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