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Russia mulls castration for paedophiles

2011-05-10 16:01

Moscow - President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday proposed voluntary chemical castration for child molesters amid mounting concern over sex crimes against minors in Russia.

"The punishment should be as strict as possible," Medvedev said at a government meeting, the first time a top Russian leader backed the controversial measure.

"I suggest discussing these measures, including medical procedures on such persons, including injections that block hormonal activity," he said in comments released by the Kremlin.

"Considering the frightening crimes committed, I think our duty is to at least discuss this issue," Medvedev said.

Injections would "probably be possible only on a voluntary basis", and would only be used against convicted offenders, said Medvedev.

In 2009, A Just Russia, a pro-Kremlin political party, submitted a bill that proposed making chemical castration mandatory for paedophiles but it was never put to the vote.

The possibility of injecting offenders with drugs reducing libido was rekindled late last month by Russia's top investigator Alexander Bastrykin, who called for a tough "reaction to staggering cruelty and cynicism of sex crimes against minors" committed in recent weeks.

There were more than 9 500 sex crimes against minors in Russia last year, said Bastrykin, who heads the influential Investigative Committee.

Comments
  • Irish711 - 2011-05-10 16:05

    I love this man. I wish they would do this in SA.

      Caz - 2011-05-10 16:11

      I Agree, but would rather use a rusty old blunt tea spoon if I had my choice but Chemically is still good enough. But does that still prevent the urges and use of the evil tool?

  • Notuagain - 2011-05-10 16:11

    Good idea. Wish we had it here too. Add rapists to the list as well.

  • jef lebowski - 2011-05-10 16:17

    The best idea ever... Please pass this law

  • katman - 2011-05-10 16:45

    Screw voluntary and screw the injection method. Just a good old branch cutter and some leather restraints should do the trick.

  • PMG - 2011-05-10 17:15

    Those poor Catholic priests in Russia.As I am typing,they are in contact with the Vatican requesting transfers as far from Moscow as possible.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-10 22:52

      XD XD XD

  • Dan - 2011-05-10 21:50

    voluntary and chemically ?? makes you wish for the old communist regime where they would have ripped their balls out (literally) I can not see why they have to be humane to these insects

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-10 22:53

    Already passed and inacted in South Korea. Would LOVE to see this law spread ALL OVER he known world, keep those filthy traits out of the gene pool for good.

  • Joann - 2011-05-11 11:46

    I hope this passes and gets accepted all around the world.

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