Eleven paedophiles sentenced to chemical castration in Kazakhstan
Eleven paedophiles have been sentenced to chemical castration in Kazakhstan, it has been announced.
All the men were convicted of sexual abuse of minors, say prison officials.
Injections are underway on two jailed paedophiles in Pavlodar and Akmola regions, with the others due to start the punishment.
Earlier it was reported that Yerkinbek Alimbekov, 41, was the first man to face chemical castration under new laws introduced in Kazakhstan to crackdown on sex attacks against children.
The married dad-of-one was sentenced to castration by injection after sexually attacking two girls aged nine and 12.
The man was convicted by a court in Shymkent of the attempted rape of two schoolgirls and was also jailed for 15 years in a strict regime prison.
The “serial paedophile”, previously convicted of sexual offences against children, faces lifetime injections to permanently castrate him subject to medical checks following his release from jail.
The announcement that 11 are undergoing chemical castration was made by Kazakhstan’s penal system committee.
Reports say the country has allocated funds to castrate 88 paedophiles this year and 71 in 2020.
It is unclear how the numbers were decided.
"Two convicts are currently undergoing this procedure at penitentiaries in the Pavlodar and Akmola regions," said the press service.
So far Alimbekov is the only name to emerge and none of the identities of other paedophiles have been exposed in pictures.
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Alimbekov approached the nine-year-old girl on the street and offered to show her a new-born puppy, said judge Abinur Karabayev.
He took her into an abandoned courtyard and forced her to undress, threatening to kill her if she did not obey him.
She managed to escape the sex attacker and ran to seek help from a passer-by while Alimbekov fled.
Soon afterwards he grabbed a girl, 12, and forced her into bushes where he attempted to rape her.
She was saved by art college students who heard her cries for help, held Alimbekov, and called police who arrested him.
The court was told that the man had been previously jailed for paedophile attacks on two teenage girls in 2003.
He was released on parole after serving half of a 10-year sentence, and soon afterwards married and fathered a child.
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Kazakhstan purchased stocks of Cyproterone, a steroidal anti-androgen developed for fighting cancer, to use for chemical castration of paedophiles, according to reports.
“It causes the lowering of libido,” said urologist Dr Mirzakhmet Zhanadilov.
“The medication is different for each person.
“That is, medication that is enough for one person to prevent repeated (sexual) offending, others can be resistant to.
“For them, not only do we administer the drug but control testosterone too.”
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But psychologist Gulnara Aytnzhanova warned chemical castration would lead to paedophiles taking out their anger using violence.
“There will be hatred, hatred to society, hatred to other people,” she predicted.
Another ex-Soviet republic, Ukraine, this year introduced sweeping new laws to forcibly castrate convicted paedophiles by chemical injection.
The law potentially applies to thousands of men aged between 18 and 65 annually found guilty of raping or sexually abusing minors.
Paedophiles will face “coercive chemical castration” under the the new system.
This “involves the forced injection of anti-androgen drugs consisting of chemicals that should reduce libido and sexual activity”, reported Ukrinform news agency.
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