SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean Supreme Court will now decide if standing naked on the balcony of a hotel room amounts to indecent exposure.
The issue erupted in controversy after a 30-year-old man, who was seen naked on the balcony of a hotel in Busan, was fined.
“Indecent behavior does not always involve expressing sexual behavior or intent,” said the Busan District Court, after sentencing the man to a 500,000 won (US$446) fine.
“Standing naked on a balcony causes sexual shame and goes against sexual morality.”
The court of first instance originally ruled in favor of the defendant, arguing that “the witness may have mistaken the man for conducting an indecent act.”
However, the prosecutor’s office lodged an appeal, claiming that “merely standing on a hotel balcony where anyone can see is enough to be understood as indecency.”
The news has resulted in much debate among South Korean netizens.
H. M. Kang (email@example.com)