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article imageChemical castration proposed for pedophiles in Turkey

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 1, 2013 in World
Ankara - As increasing numbers of children are the victims of sexual assault, the Turkish government is considering chemical castrations for pedophiles. The controversial proposal was previously stalled by male Turkish lawmakers in order to "protect manhood."
The “Draft Law on Reproductive Health and Child Abuse" is due to be discussed in the Turkish Parliament on January 15. It includes a proposal to chemically castrate sex offenders who target minors, Al Arabiya reported.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has approved the draft law which proposes “medical intervention for child abusers and convicts clinically diagnosed as pedophiles." However, the draft law does not detail how the castrations would be implemented.
Zaman reported the draft also contains proposals for more severe sentences for sexual crimes where the victims are children or the disabled.
The head of Turkey's Association to Protect Children Against Abuse, Oğuz Polat, told Today's Zaman that failure to pass the law would be a big mistake as he believes it will prevent recidivism in pedophiles.
Polat went on to explain that chemical castration involves the "administration of drugs to reduce libido and sexual desire." When similar proposals were considered two years ago Polat said they "were stalled by Turkish deputies, most of whom are male."
As the policy was presented to the public as though chemical castration was the same as surgical castration which involves the surgical removal of the testicles, Polat said "Male deputies stood against this law in the commission to protected manhood.”
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