The Kazakhstani government plans to start chemically castrating pedophiles. A s*x offender in Turkestan will be the first criminal to receive an injection, which the country’s health ministry will closely supervise.

According to reports from The Sun, the offender will go through forcible castration for his involvement in a pedophilia case back in 2016.

Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, spent a hefty budget to acquire more than 2000 injections for people who were proven guilty of child abuse.

Aktayeva, the country’s deputy health minister, stated that so far, there is only one chemical castration request according to the court’s ruling.

Authorities are refraining from providing the offender’s identity to the public.

That said, the country introduced its chemical castration law earlier this year and planned to make sure that it works on the first recipient before revealing further details.

Reducing S*x Related Crimes

While the law is quite controversial, a majority of people believe that it could instill fear in potential s*x offenders and reduce the number of s*x-related crimes.

Chemical castration could significantly minimize their chances of repeating the offense.

Although this decision from the Kazakhstani government has been all over the news, the country is barely the first to implement this harsh law.

Several other countries have been practicing chemical castration for a few years. Israel, Argentina, New Zealand, Russia, and some European countries also chemically castrate child s*x offenders.

A Notable Increase In Pedophilia

Kazakhstan has been experiencing a significant uptick in pedophilia related cases since the past decade. The number of underage r*pes increased by tenfold and reached an all-time high in 2019.

Initially, the government was not taking severe action against these victims.

Compared to the current punishment, the previous penalties that offenders had to pay were nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

However, after a notable increase in cases and protest from the public, the government decided to introduce a punishment so severe that would stop people with pedophilic tendencies on their tracks.

There has been a notable decrease in cases since the government’s announcement, which proves that the decision, while controversial, is useful.

While authorities in Kazakhstan deem chemical castration to be a punishment fit for the crime’s magnitude, several human rights organizations are voicing their concerns and speaking out against the decision.

They argue that there is a strong likelihood that the punishment might not provide the desired results.

How Do Chemical Castrations Work

In chemical castration procedures, doctors inject the victim with Cyproterone. It is an anti-androgen steroid that scientists initially created to fight cancer symptoms.

There are no multiple injections involved with this procedure as one shot of the drug is enough to do the job.

The process is uncomplicated, unlike surgical castrations, where doctors remove the perpetrator’s s*xual organs.

It is quite a painful procedure and often shortens the criminal’s lifespan.

In comparison, the injection is safer, less gruesome, and does the exact job that authorities wanted to achieve with surgical castrations.

The chemical administered in the pedophile’s body diminishes their libido enough to make sure they do not repeat their crimes.

Kazakhstan’s health ministry sanctioned the castrations and instructed to carry them out inside psychoneurological clinics in different regions.

Possible Drawbacks Of This Procedure

While chemical castration sounds like a practical idea on paper, it has some potential drawbacks. First off, other countries that have been practicing it have not seen a decrease in pedophilia.

Furthermore, the procedure is quite expensive. Some people argue that helping and supporting victims would be a better idea. Also, in some cases, chemical castrations do not last long.

There are medications to reverse these procedures, as well. It could cause the criminals to repeat their behavior, which could encourage other pedophiles too.

Prison sentences for molestation and other similar crimes in Kazakhstan reach around twenty to twenty-five years. However, offenders can get shorter sentences if they submit to the procedure.

Famous Chemical Castration Instances

The history of this process is quite storied. Indonesia implemented its chemical castration laws for the first time in 2016 after the murder and r*pe of an underage girl.

The outrage overwhelmed the government, leaving them no choice but to implement the law and punish the perpetrator.

Another famous instance of chemical castration occurred back in 1952. A computer scientist from Britain, Alan Turing, stood trial for “gross indecency,” as he was found guilty of having s*xual relations with a man.

Homos*xuality was illegal in Britain until 1967. People who were convicted had to undergo the chemical castration process.

Countries have been practicing this punishment for decades. As time passes, more nations are beginning to roll it out, which shows that the procedure may not go away soon.

2,000 More Recipients Await The Injection

Kazakhstan plans to administer the controversial castration injection in two thousand other convicted pedophiles. All of these criminals stood trials.

Some of them admitted their crimes, whereas others lost their cases when the evidence against them began piling up. The government is keeping the date of their punishment under wraps to minimize protests.

The disapproval comes from people who want the government to use the budget to support victims instead of spending it on injections and medical facilities where the procedures will take place.

Would The Government Reconsider Its Decision?

While the outcry regarding this procedure is only increasing by the day, it does not seem like the Kazakhstani government will rethink its decision.

Firstly, changing its stance so quickly will make the higher-ups and decision-makers look vulnerable to the public. Also, if we look at history, there have been very few cases where countries replaced chemical castration with another alternative.

So far, it seems like the decision is proving to invoke fear in criminals, which is abundantly clear by the reduced number of pedophilia cases.

Plus, despite the outcry, the offenders deserve some punishment for their acts, and this procedure seems like a just penalty.

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