Sep 23, 2022

Subway murder sparks fury over South Korea’s stalking laws

The only person she confided in was her lawyer, who she last messaged on the morning of her murder, the day before her stalker's sentencing. Until last year, stalking was classed as a misdemeanour, punishable only by a small fine. Data from South Korea's National Police Agency shows that since the stalking law came into force last year, 7,152 stalking arrests have been made, but with only 5% of the suspects detained. South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol has acknowledged the country's stalking laws are insufficient and has ordered the Justice Ministry to strengthen them. "We keep reporting these crimes as just another mindless murder, but women are continuously stalked and attacked, and our politicians are ignoring it. People talk about how South Korea is a safe place, but as a woman in my 20s I can't relate to this at all, I feel I live in a very dangerous society."

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