Just a few months after a new law which permits the method of chemical castration to be used as a punishment for pedophilia was passed in Kazakhstan, a pedophile is set to be the first one to be chemically castrated.
According to the officials, the unnamed man is set to undergo an injection supervised by the country’s health ministry.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan has allocated more than $26,000 for 2,000 injections on men who commit s*xual assaults on children.
Lyazzat Aktayeva, the deputy health minister, said:
“At the moment there has been one request for chemical castration in accordance with a court ruling. Funds have been allocated for more than 2,000 injections,”
Senator Byrganym Aitimova said when the law was passed earlier this year that the castration would be “temporary”, consisting of a “one-time injection”, which will be based on the “necessity of preventing the man from committing s*xual violence”.
The prison sentences for child s*x crimes in the country are up to 20 years.
Chemical castration, unlike surgical castration, does not prevent the person from experiencing s*xual urges, and skeptics argue that it doesn’t necessarily prevent future attacks.
According to reports, the s*xual assaults on children doubled to around 1,00 in Kazakhstan in the period between 2010 and 2014.
The injection will contain Cyproterone, a steroidal anti-androgen developed for fighting cancer.
The punishment comes just a few months after the U.K. Government said that it was considering making the chemical castration more available for convicted pedophiles and s*x offenders.
This method is already available to some s*x offenders in prison and the community, as it’s a part of the range of measures to ‘reduce reoffending’.
Although still on a voluntary basis, it is understood that the ministers received advice on making this medical treatment available to more prisoners, even though the Ministry of Justice has not made a decision yet.
According to Dr. Lee, a practicing GP, there needs to be “an evidence-based approach” to make sure offenders are safe enough to go back into the society.
Professor Don Grubin, a criminal psychiatrist, has reportedly been conducting the treatment programme with the Department of Health and the prison service.
A source from the department has told the Express:
“Dr Lee knows this is controversial but the medication is voluntary although it can be linked to an increased chance of getting parole.
There is a debate over the effectiveness of the courses but very little doubt that chemical castration works.
Essentially, libido suppressing medications in tandem with psychological therapies are more effective than what is generally being attempted currently.”