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PM vows to root out crime against vulnerable people

All News 13:18 June 01, 2016

By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, June 1 (Yonhap) -- The government will bolster efforts to root out crimes against nonspecific people, including women, by the mentally impaired, the prime minister said Wednesday.

South Koreans remain concerned over the latest outbreak of crimes against women and other vulnerable citizens.

"We acknowledge that the public is concerned over the crimes against those that are most vulnerable, especially since actions conducted by the mentally ill, as well as drug and alcohol addicts, are unpredictable," Hwang Kyo-ahn said.

The prime minister said it will roll out comprehensive measures to help prevent crimes by giving therapy to people who need it the most, as well as providing support to the victims of such violence.

Last month, a 34-year-old man killed a 23-year-old woman in a karaoke bar's restroom near Gangnam Station, one of Seoul's busiest subway stations. The two had never met prior to the incident, with the culprit testifying that he had always been ignored by women.

The case has sparked a wave of mourning and an intense public debate over violence against women in the country.

The government said it will increase the installation of security cameras and police patrols in vulnerable areas, and expand efforts to divide female and male restrooms at public locations.

The prime minister said the government will also bolster the control over the mentally ill under conditions that such actions do not affect their human rights.

The government will moreover consider having patients who harm themselves or others and refuse to receive treatment be forced to get it. The government will also improve the existing medical policies for such patients and focus on preventing them from becoming repeat offenders.

The top policymaker also vowed to bolster efforts to root out tax evasions through overseas havens, adding South Korea will expand ties with other countries and exchange related information.

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