South Korean charged with defaming ‘comfort women’ brands indictment ‘inhumane’

(From Asahi)

A South Korean scholar claims she is the victim of an “inhumane indictment” after prosecutors charged her with defaming “comfort women” in a book.

Park Yu-Ha (L), a literature professor at South Korea's Sejong University, talks with journalists after a press conference on her controversial book

Park Yu-Ha (L), a literature professor at South Korea’s Sejong University, talks with journalists after a press conference on her controversial book

Park Yu-ha, 58, a professor at Seoul’s Sejong University, held a news conference Dec. 2 to defend her book “Comfort Women of the Empire,” which examines the role of women who were forced to provide sex to wartime Japanese soldiers decades ago.

She came under intense criticism for saying some comfort women “became prostitutes voluntarily.”

“(The criticism) is based on the thinking that prostitutes cannot be victims,” Park said. “However, the pain and suffering they endured is no different from that experienced by slaves.”

Park was also criticized for describing comfort women as having a “comrade-like relationship” with the Imperial Japanese Army. Read more



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