An Activist Imprisoned for Wearing a Pink Dress
Last week in Thailand an activist was sentenced to two years in prison for wearing a pink dress.
- Jatuporn Saeoueng,a 25-year-old woman attended a pro-democracy protest in traditional Thai attire — an act that Thai court ruled to be an attempt to mimic the country’s queen.
- She was photographed walking down a red carpet in a pink silk dress and was shaded under an umbrella held by a fellow protestor.
- Thailand has strict majeste laws - criticism of monarchy is forbidden and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
- "Jatuporn has denied the charges all along and said she puts on traditional Thai dress normally," her lawyer stated. "...the court sees it as mockery and defamatory towards the monarchy.”
- Jatuporn will serve her sentence in a women's prison, Krisadang added.