Famed Korean actress 옥소리 / Ok So-ri has been convicted of the crime of adultery, in a medieval parody of modern justice.
She was found to have had sex with a man other than her husband, and for this has been given an 8 month prison sentence, with the courts expressing “leniency” in light of the fact her marriage was previously strained.
An 18 month term, close to the maximum sentence of two years, was sought by her vengeful husband. Her partner in the adulterous liaison has also been handed a prison term.
Ok So-ri (39), a Korean star of no small repute, was said to have met her male friend (38) on three occasions in 2006, and this was discovered by her husband, also a celebrity. She apparently blamed her infidelity on a loveless marriage.
The incensed cuckold instigated the prosecution of the pair, as well as initiated divorce proceedings against his unfaithful wife.
The case soon became a media sensation in Korea, with the husband demanding no less than an 18 month prison sentence for his wife, but the courts considered that there were “extenuating circumstances”:
“At that time, the relationship of trust between husband and wife was already broken, and the husband bears no small responsibility considering his reckless spending and late homecomings.”
The adulteress received an 8 month prison sentence, and her partner a 6 month sentence, both suspended for 2 years, meaning they may be able to avoid actual imprisonment.
She had previously challenged the constitutionality of the 1953 anti-adultery laws, but the Korean courts rejected her appeal, holding that “society would be harmed” by any loosening of the laws.
Custody over the couple’s 8-year-old daughter has been awarded to the father.
Whilst it may be a leading nation in Internet connectivity and dog cuisine, in certain respects Korea clearly remains rather backward.