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  1. Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Magando ito. Puwede kaya ang batas na ito sa atin? Papasa kaya ito sa congreso at sa mga babaero todits?
    [SIZE=2]SKorean court rules on actress' case, upholds ban on adultery[/SIZE]

    10/30/2008 | 04:57 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's Constitutional Court upheld a ban on adultery Thursday, rejecting complaints that the 55-year-old law is outdated and constitutes an invasion of privacy.

    The decision was the fourth since a 1990 ruling upheld a law that makes it a crime to have an extramarital affair. Guilty spouses face up to two years in prison if convicted, though few end up behind bars.

    Among those facing prison on adultery charges is a popular South Korean movie star at the center of a tawdry scandal involving her husband, his opera singer friend and an Italian chef.
    Actress Ok So-ri sought to have the ban ruled unconstitutional. Her case had been suspended earlier this year, pending Thursday's ruling.

    To abolish the law, at least six of the court's nine judges must oppose it. The court said four judges backed the law while five called for its abolishment or revision.

    The court "ruled that the criminal code punishing adulterous relations ... does not infringe upon individual secrecy, privacy and ***ual rights," according to a court statement.

    South Korea remains deeply conservative and is influenced by a Confucian heritage despite decades of Western influence.

    Supporters of the adultery ban say it promotes monogamy and keeps families intact. Opponents say the government has no right to interfere in people's private lives.

    While women's rights group were the ban's biggest supporters in the past when the law was meant to keep philandering husbands in line, in recent years some husbands have begun pressing adultery charges on their unfaithful wives.

    Ok denied her actor husband's allegations that she had an affair with the Italian chef, but she admitted to a relationship with an opera singer friend of his. She blamed a loveless marriage.
    The mudslinging filled tabloid pages and could mean the end of the actress's career.

    The number of adultery cases filed in South Korea has dropped in recent years, declining to 8,070 in 2006 from 12,760 in 2000, according to the Supreme Prosecutors' Office. About 80 percent of those cases were dropped without resulting in formal charges, largely because complaints were withdrawn.

    In 2005, a group of lawmakers introduced a parliamentary proposal aimed at scrapping the law, but legislators have never acted on it, apparently out of concerns of backlash from conservative voters.

    Many Muslim nations have similar adultery laws. Austria, Switzerland and some U.S. states also have laws prohibiting extramarital affairs, according to the Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations, a government-funded legal counseling office.
    Last edited by russpogi; October 31st, 2008 at 12:36 AM. Reason: edited paragraphs...

  2. Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Up ko lang. So the Philippines still have similar laws with South Korea but to me, not so pronounced especially 'concubinage'.
    What is adultery?

    Adultery as stated in art. 333 under Title 11 Crimes Against Chastity of the Revised Penal Code, states
    Who are guilty of adultery. - Adultery is committed by any married woman who shall have ***ual intercourse with a man not her husband and by the man who has carnal knowledge ofher knowing herto be married, even if the marriage be subsequently delcared void.
    It is understandable that other countries have already repealed adultery as a crime because it is no longer fitting and appropriate with the present changing conditions. The Philippine revised Penal Code (although revised) took effect long time ago, to be specific, it took effect on Jan. 1, 1932. The provision on adultery and concubinage has not been repealed or modified yet.

    The elements for the crime to be consummated are as follows:
    1. that the accused is a married woman (note: not married man, if the accused is a man, possibly he can be charged with concubinage)
    2. the married woman have had ***ual intercourse with another man not her husband (note: *** with another woman is not adultery)
    Also, the man who had ***ual intercourse with the woman, knowing that she is married can also be charged with adultery.

    The penalty for such crime is prision correccional in its medium (2 yrs., 4 mo. & a day to 4 yrs, 2 mo.) and maximum periods (4 yrs., 2 mo. and 1 day to 6 yrs.).

  3. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Having a law against adultery and actually convicting someone of it is two different things. I think it is not enough to accuse a person of adultery in the Philippines, there must be undeniable proof of the said crime which would be catching the illegal couple in the act.

SKorean court upholds ban on adultery