Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is proposing harsher punishment for child molesters. One initiative being suggested by the Kremlin is voluntary "chemical castration" for convicted paedophiles.
Several nations have introduced chemical castration as a form of treatment for sex offenders. It was first used in 1944 as a method to reduce libido and sexual activity. In its first use, diethylstilbestrol was utilized to lower men’s testosterone.
On Tuesday, Kremlin released a statement from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev where he became the first top-level official to support the proposed measure, which has created controversy across the globe.
The Russian leader made his remarks following concerns over increasing sexual crimes against minors. In 2010, there were approximately 9,500 sex crimes against minors in the country, and many are urging the government to get tough on these crimes, reports News 24.
“The punishment should be as strict as possible,” said Medvedev, “I suggest discussing these measures, including medical procedures on such persons, including injections that block hormonal activity. Considering the frightening crimes committed, I think our duty is to at least discuss this issue.”
The successor to Vladimir Putin did note that the injections would be on a voluntary basis and would only be operated on convicted sex offenders, according to BBC News.
All Headline News reports that Russia’s Investigative Committee has established a draft law for the measure, which has garnered the support of Kremlin. The nation’s top investigator Alexander Bastrykin called for a strong “reaction to staggering cruelty and cynicism of sex crimes against minors.”
State prosecutors and the Public Chamber, a group that is devoted to improving life in Russia, support the voluntary program, reports the Daily Mail. “We support the idea of chemical castration and legislation has been developed already,” said the group’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. “This procedure should be conducted in the presence of the prosecutor and lawyer for the paedophile.”
Chemical castration does not actually castrate an individual and it is not a type of sterilization. It is also noted that it is not a permanent procedure and cannot cure a person if treatment is discontinued.