The Food and Drug Administration will ask the Hazardous Control Bureau to consider allowing the use of pepper spray by women to defend themselves against rapists, deputy FDA secretary-general Prapon Angtrakul said.
The spray is now prohibited by FDA’s regulations. Violators of the ban on the sale of pepper spray are subject to ten-year imprisonment and a Bt1-million fine.
Prapon said pepper spray should be controlled by another government agency, not the FDA so the FDA would raise the issue with the Hazardous Control Bureau.
Following the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on board a train, many netizens cried foul that the FDA regulations made it hard for them to buy pepper spray for self-defence.