By Khaosod Online
16 September 2013, Last upated at 18:27 GMT
Lese Majeste Complaint Against Reformist Student
(16 September) A TV show
host has accused the student known for her campaign against mandatory uniform wearing of insulting
Ms. Ponnipa Supatnukul, 41, the host of a talk show called "Best of Your Life"
which is broadcast on a satellite TV channel, filed the complaint to the police in Nonthaburi
Province, invoking Article 112 of the Criminal Codes which criminalises insults to the Royal Family.
The target of her legal action is a transgender student at Thammasat University, who has
spearheaded a campaign
to abolish the practices in universities which she deems as oppressive to the students, including the
rule requiring all students to wear uniforms.
The student, who goes by her nickname Aum
Neko, was interviewed in a talk show hosted by Ms. Pontipa 3 months ago, according to Ms. Pontipa.
In the show, she said, she talked to Ms. Aum and 20 other Thammasat students about the impact of
economic slowdown on students′ livelihood.
Ms. Pontipa claimed that Ms. Aum shocked
everyone by "talking outside the topic" and "insulting the higher institution", a term referring to
the monarchy. Ms. Aum′s words were "so shocking we could not broadcast the show", Ms. Pontipa said, but
she has nevertheless stored footage of the interview.
She claimed that she decided to
pursue a legal action against Ms. Aum because she was incensed by the student′s continued defamation
of the monarchy. Ms. Pontipa also alleged that Ms. Aum is encouraging other students to commit similar crimes.
Ms. Pontipa had brought footage of the interview recorded 3 months ago to the police
In a report by Manager ASTV website, Ms. Pontipa is quoted as telling the
police that a lecturer in Thammasat University had informed her that Ms. Aum′s student network in
Thammasat is funded by unknown sponsors.
police later told Ms. Pontipa to file a complaint at the Technology Crime Division because Ms. Aum′s
alleged wrongdoings include online postings.
Insults of the Thai monarchy (lese majeste) are
punishable with up to 15 years in jail per offence.