Korea′s Constitutional Court is set to make
its ruling on the fate of the country′s existing adultery law… which punishes cheating
husbands or wives with a maximum sentence of two years behind bars.
Since its introduction in 1953,… the controversial law has been reviewed by the Constitutional
Court four times… and upheld every time. Critics say the law infringes upon individuals′
rights to privacy… and that extramarital affairs should be regulated by civic law…
not by criminal law. A recent poll found more than 60 percent of
Koreans feel a jail sentence is too harsh a punishment for unfaithful spouses.
Around 100-thousand people have been penalized for violating the law since it came into effect
62 years ago. The ruling will be announced at 2PM, Korea
time… that′s about four hours from now.