Russia Public Chamber proposes 'chemical castration' of paedophile

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Moscow, Apr 9 (UNI) Russia's Public Chamber today proposed to chemically castrate those convicted for sexually abusing minor children.

The castration will be applied if the sexual violence against the minor children is proved, Anatoly Kucherena, a spokesman for the Public Chamber said, adding voluntary agreement of the convict to the chemical castration was also required.

He pointed out the castration was aimed at preventing convicted criminals from raping the minors.

Recently the cases of paedophilia have become more frequent in Russia. According to the statistics, about 50 per cent of paedophiles repeat the crime during five years after leaving the prison.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the State Duma lower house committee on youth affairs Pavel Tarakanov today said courts should introduce chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders.

''I think that chemical castration could be carried out. It is the right way to deal with a person who has abused a child,'' Mr Tarakanov told RIA Novosti news agency.

He said ''even tougher'' punishments needed to be introduced.

However, he did not give detail about these tougher punishments.

Chemical castration, already practiced in Sweden, Germany, Denmark and the US, consists of a course of periodic injections to completely curtail the offender's sex drive.

In a number of countries, chemical castration is offered as an alternative to jail time, but Mr Tarakanov said in his view the injections should be utilised as an additional punishment.

In Russia in October 2007, three men were sentenced to between 9-15 years in prison for sexually abusing 136 boys in Krasnoyarsk, in East Siberia.


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