Friday, August 28, 2009

Cambodian youths out of control

Today's Phnom Penh Post had two great stories. The youth of Cambodia have the higher-ups wringing their hands. They seem to be at a loss at how to cope with recalcitrant young Khmers.

Here are two proposed solutions, one for girls and the other, presumably, for boys:

Girls curfew proposed for girls under the age of 16 from going out alone at night because "We want to promote the morals of girls in our society." The downside, as one spokesman pointed out, is that "it violates the human right to mobility".

Anti-gangster strategy was designed by top police officials. "During a three-hour discussion, we outlined the goals of cracking down on crime in a smooth way, a legal way and an efficient way, in order to guarantee security, safety and civil peace in Phnom Penh," said Chev Keng, director of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

No details were given of the strategy, which aims "to prevent youths from terrorising local communities and to educate them".

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