A court in Seoul has delivered the country’s first ever ruling on chemical castration. A 31-year-old pedophile has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and 3 years of chemical castration.
South Korea has become the first Asian country to approve a bill imposing chemical castration in 2011.
In Poland and in some US states chemical castration of pedophiles is mandatory.
Canada, Israel, Britain, Denmark and Sweden offer chemical castration drugs to sex offenders on a voluntary basis.
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Published: January 3, 2013 16:41 IST | Updated: January 3, 2013 16:42 IST
South Korean court orders first chemical castration
In a landmark ruling, a South Korean court, on Thursday, sentenced a 31-year-old pedophile to 15 years in jail and ordered the country’s first ever chemical castration.
The ruling is the first since the country passed a law in 2011 that allows hormonal treatment or chemical castration for convicted child molesters, who are at risk of repeating their crimes.
The defendant, only known by his surname Pyo, was charged with having sex with five teenagers — whom he met through a smartphone chat service — six times between November 2011 and May 2012, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
Mr. Pyo then threatened to circulate the online video footage of them engaging in sexual acts and nude photos of the minors. He also raped them threatening with deadly weapons
“(Pyo) committed the crimes against multiple victims for a long period of time. (The court) deems that he has a distorted sexual awareness and excessive sexual desire, which makes it impossible for him to control sexual impulses by himself,” Judge Kim Ki-young of the Seoul Southern District Court said in his ruling.
The court also ordered that Mr. Pyo’s information be made available to the public for 10 years and that he should wear an electronic monitoring anklet for 20 years after his release from prison. Mr. Pyo was also ordered to undergo 200 hours of therapy to treat his sexual impulses, the court said.
South Korea was the first country in Asia to adopt this type of treatment, although Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the U.S. state of California have used it for years, the report said.
The country’s Justice Ministry, meanwhile, said Mr. Pyo would be administered with the first medication designed to reduce sex drive, compulsive sexual fantasies and capacity for sexual arousal, two months ahead of his release from the prison.
The Seoul court’s verdict came at time when India is debating whether to introduce punishment like chemical castration to check crimes against women in the wake of the horrific gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi, who died in Singapore last month.
What is chemical castration? Will it work as a deterrent? Posted by: Maitreyee Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 13:16 [IST] Ads by Google
New Delhi, Jan 2: The brutal gang-rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old paramedical student in national capital has left everyone shocked. In order to end rising numbers of rapes, people across the country are demanding strictest of action against rapists. Along with death penalty, chemical castration has also been suggested to punish offenders. But, the question is will chemical castration work as a deterrent to stop rape in India? What is chemical castration? Experts say chemical castration is the administration of medication designed to reduce libido and sexual activity. Unlike surgical castration, where the testicles or ovaries are removed through an incision in the body, chemical castration does not actually castrate the person, nor is it a form of sterilization. “Chemical castration is generally considered reversible when treatment is discontinued, although permanent effects in body chemistry can sometimes be seen, ” says a medical expert. Chemical castration has, from time to time, been used as an instrument of public and/or judicial policy despite concerns over human rights and possible side effects. Countries which uses chemical castration It has been in vogue since the 1950s. America uses it and so do Israel, Argentina and several countries in Europe. Russia and South Korea approved the law in favour of chemical castration in 2011. The first use of chemical castration occurred in 1944, when diethylstilbestrol was used with the purpose of lowering men’s testosterone. Chemical castration in India After the outrage followed by a gang-rape of a paramedical student in New Delhi, the Government has submitted a draft proposing chemical castration along with an imprisonment of up to 30 years for rape convicts as part of the anti-rape law in India. The ministry is preparing a detailed bill and the recommended changes are under review. OneIndia News