University president resigns over air hostess pictures

University president resigns over air hostess pictures

Silapakorn University president Chaicharn Thavaravej in a photo taken in 2013. (Bangkok Post file photo)
Silapakorn University president Chaicharn Thavaravej in a photo taken in 2013. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Silapakorn University president Chaicharn Thavaravej resigned on Monday after photos of female aircrew posted on his Facebook account stirred a public outcry.

Mr Chaicharn said he decided to step down to protect the image and reputation of the university.

Mr Chaicharn's pictures of air hostesses on flights he took went viral on social media last Wednesday.

In a description accompanying the pictures taken in the cabin of a plane, he wrote he always took photos of hostesses to show to his junior colleagues to make their "mouths water".

A network of 21 women's organisations on Saturday demanded that the university take action against the  president, saying the photos and the message amounted to sexual harassment.

In the resignation letter, Mr Chaicharn admitted he had posted the photos and "inappropriate messages" online. But he said he had no intention of harming anyone.

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Vocabulary

  • accompany: to happen or appear with something else - มากับ, ร่วมกับ
  • cabin: the area where passengers sit in an aircraft - ห้องคนโดยสารในเครื่องบิน
  • colleagues (noun): people who work in the same organisation, department or field as you do - เพื่อนร่วมงาน
  • harassment: annoying or worrying somebody by putting pressure on them or saying or doing unpleasant things to them - การข่มขู่, การรบกวน, การก่อกวน
  • harm (verb): to cause damage to someone/something - ทำร้าย, ทำอันตราย, ทำลาย
  • inappropriate: unsuitable - ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
  • intention: a plan in your mind to do something - ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ
  • outcry: a strong expression of anger and disapproval about something, made by a group of people or by the public - การคัดค้านอย่างรุนแรง
  • reputation: the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is - ชื่อเสียง
  • resign: to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • step down: resign or leave from a high position or job - ลาออก, ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • viral: (of a video, photo, story, etc.) spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it - แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว
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