Kazakhstan’s convicted paedophiles are facing the prospect of chemical castration after the government approved funding for a controversial new punishment for sex offenders.
According to News.com.au, an unidentified offender from the Turkestan region who was convicted of child sex offences in 2016 will be the first to receive the injection under supervision from the Kazakhstan Health Ministry
Kazakhstan president, Nursultan Nazarbayev has already allocated $27,000 for up to two thousand procedures to be carried out.
The chemical castration process involves a one time injection of Cyproterone acetate which was originally developed to fight cancer. It’s use for the new punishment is to significantly reduce the sexual urges of convicted offenders.
The deputy health minister said: “At the moment there has been one request for chemical castration in accordance with a court ruling, funds have been allocated for more than 2000 injections.”
In Kazakhstan, sex crimes against children carry prison sentences of a maximum of twenty years, according to reports, these types of crimes against children doubled within a four year span.
The chemical castration has been called an appropriate punishment for these offenders but some human rights organisations don’t agree.
A spokesperson for the National Commission For Women told news.com.au:
“Other countries that have chemical castration have not seen a reduction in sexual crime against children, also, it’s a very expensive procedure and what we should be spending and investing our money in is services to support and help the victims.”
Other countries have already had this procedure in place for a few years. Poland, South Korea, Russia, parts of Australia and some American states have implemented the procedure for paedophiles in exchange for lighter prison sentences.
It’s a controversial punishment, but it’s one that’s been around for decades. the most famous case was the English scientist, Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952. Turing was caught having sex with another man, in that era homosexuality was illegal in Britain and sadly he was chemically castrated.
It looks like this form of punishment is here to stay.