Paedophile to be chemically castrated after new law for sex offenders introduced

A paedophile in Kazakhtan is set to be the first in the country to be chemically castrated.

It comes months after a new law was passed permitting the method as punishment for paedophilia.

The unnamed man from the Turkestan region is to undergo an injection supervised by the country’s health ministry, officials announced.

President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has allocated £20,500 for some 2,000 injections on men who commit child sex attacks this year.

Deputy health minister Lyazzat Aktayeva said: “At the moment there has been one request for chemical castration in accordance with a court ruling.”

Kazakhstan introduced a new law on chemical castration at the start of this year.

"Funds have been allocated for more than 2,000 injections," revealed Aktayeva.

When the law was passed, senator Byrganym Aitimova said that castration would be “temporary”, consisting of a “one-time injection” based on “the necessity of preventing the man from (committing) sexual violence”.

Child sex crimes also carry prison sentences of up to 20 years in Kazakhstan.

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Unlike surgical castration, chemical castration does not prevent a person from experiencing sexual urges indefinitely.

Sceptics argue it does not necessarily prevent future attacks.

Reports say child rapes in Kazakhstan doubled to around 1,000 a year in the period between 2010 and 2014.

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It comes months after the UK Government said it was considering making chemical castration for convicted paedophiles and sex offenders more available.

Justice Minister Phillip Lee asked officials to consider ways of making this medical method more common, amid concerns rehabilitation courses by psychologists are not effective enough the Daily Express reports.

The method – which suppresses sexual urges – is already available to some sex offenders both in prisons and the community as part of a range of measures to reduce reoffending.

It is understood that ministers received advice on making this medical treatment available to more prisoners, although still on a voluntary basis.

But the Ministry of Justice has not made any decisions yet.

About 120 sex offenders are believed to be voluntarily having the treatment but this could be increased to as many as 1,500, according to reports.

Dr Lee, a practising GP, has reportedly said there needs to be “an evidence-based approach” to make sure offenders are safe enough to go back into society.

Criminal psychiatrist Professor Don Grubin has reportedly been conducting the chemical treatment programme with the prison service and the Department of Health.

A departmental source 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.”

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson told Mirror Online: “Medical treatment to manage sexual arousal is already available to some sex offenders on a voluntary basis.

“Prisoners are prescribed medication to manage sexual arousal by a doctor, which must continue to be taken to remain effective.”

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