I am back again since I last talked about cheating spouses in Cheating spouses: The betrayal, in my blog. Right now I want to talk about how cheating spouses (call them philanderers if you want to) are sometimes dealt with in the eyes of the law (in case, you are thinking that it involves stoning and honour killings, I am not talking about those two).
Anyway, if you happen to have been watching a few television soap dramas that showcase cheating spouses or you know a closed friend or a loved one in real life who has a cheating spouse, you cannot help but feel furious on the behalf of the cheated and have snake eyes unto the cheaters and their cheating hearts. You would feel the same too if the cheater happens to be a close relative in your own family. But raise your hands if you sometimes have fantasies of wanting to make the cheaters and their other man/woman pay for hurting their poor cheated significant other halves and lying they way around without realising the damages they are doing to their marriages and their families just like this 9 to 5 movie Kill Your Boss fantasy scene Number 2. Unfortunately, you cannot do Judy’s, Violet’s and Doralee’s fantasies in real life (but only in your dreams).
In case if you have no idea, cheating spouses are classified as criminals in certain parts of the world such as East Asia ( I kid you not as it happens that adultery is punishable as a crime). Perhaps the name Ok So-ri may or may not ring a bell to you however she is renowned for the adultery scandal which shook the world back in 2008. As a result, the South Korean actress’ sentencing for being a cheater became a big debate in the world whether criminalising adultery is seen as an infringement of a person’s rights (to be honest, cheating on one’s spouse does not count as an individual’s right) like what is mentioned in this Asiaone article. As a blogger, I believe that there will be some people who totally support criminalising adultery like what South Korea has done for many decades and would justify the law as a way of protecting both the society and family unit from being destroyed by cheaters. In fact, South Korea is not alone as Taiwan does the same. What happens to the adulterer after he or she is sentenced by South Korean and Taiwanese court, there will not be any public flogging whipping (sometimes known as caning) or stoning instead it will be a one or two-year jail sentence (depends) for him or her followed by being frowned upon by their own family or community and worse of all, some loss of reputation.
Anyway, what says you about this? Do you think that cheaters should be slapped with a one or two-year prison sentence and why? Do you wish that your home country or state criminalises adultery, if you happen to have close friends or loved ones who are taken for fools by cheating spouses, the way South Korea does without drawing any blood? All opinions are welcomed.