Sunday, February 26, 2006

Women's Issues: Colombia debates drive-by spanking

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, reports that a Colombian man's sentence of four years' house arrest for slapping a woman's bottom as he rode by her on his bicycle, has sparked debate on the severity of the crime.

Television news showed re-enactments of the incident with legal experts offering opinions about the judgment handed down earlier in the week by Bogota's district court.

Some said that to confine bicycle messenger Victor Garcia to his home for four years for smacking Diana Marcela Diaz's buttocks was excessive. Others said it would deter other men.

One program went further showing three models having their denim clad bottoms spanked so hard by a phantom hand it could be clearly heard by television viewers.

The women said that while the punishment seemed extreme, they hoped the case would mean they would be safer while on foot.

One model was quoted as saying, "It happened to me once. I was walking very relaxed and a guy rode by on his bicycle and, 'ta!' He smacked me. I took off my shoe to hit him with it but he was already too far away."

A Colombian cyclist - maybe he was a dope "pedaler"!