6 June 2024

The Move Forward party has promised to investigate a woman’s allegation that she was assaulted by one of the party’s MPs.

The victim, a 26-year-old, filed a complaint with Bo Win police in Si Racha district of Chon Buri province on June 27th and the police there have made an appointment with the victim and the alleged attacker at the police station on July 2nd.

An image of the victim with bruises on her body was posted on Twitter and widely shared.

Move Forward party said that the allegation of assault is serious and the party has contacted the victim for more information. It also promised to address the case with the party’s disciplinary committee.

The unidentified victim told the police that she has known the Move Forward MP for Bangkok for about a month and, on June 23rd, she drove to pick him up at a golf course in Si Racha district.

She claims that the man became angry with her as he was putting his golf bag into the car and reprimanded her. When both were in the car, she claims that the MP started hitting her and threw her smart phone away.

Thai PBS reporters checked with Bo Win police whether they had received such a complaint and were told that they had.

Election Commission Secretary-General Sawaeng Boonmee said that the case is still with the police and whether the case will have any consequences for the status of the MP in question will depend on the party and any legal proceedings which may result.

Meanwhile, the deputy spokesman for the United Thai Nation party posted a message on social media which reads “Stop violence against women” together with the “stop” hand sign.