A man found guilty of paedophilia will become the first person in Kazakhstan to undergo chemical castration following his sex crimes.
According to The Mirror, the country passed a law earlier this year decreeing the extreme form of punishment could be used on those found guilty of paedophilia. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, has reportedly allocated £20,500 (AU$37,046, US$26,891) in funding to chemically castrate thousands of men found guilty of child sex crimes.
An unidentified man from the Turkestan region in Kazakhstan will become the first to undergo the controversial procedure, which is administered by injection under the supervision of Kazakhstan’s health ministry.
“At the moment there has been one request for chemical castration in accordance with a court ruling,” The Mirror quotes Kazakhstan’s Deputy Health Minister Lyazzat Aktayeva saying. “Funds have been allocated for more than 2,000 injections.”
In Kazakhstan, those convicted of child sex crimes can be jailed for up to 20 years, with the one-time injection thought to be a temporary solution. According to The Conversation, chemical castration involves administering drugs to lower the libido and sexual activity. It is reversible, meaning sexual urges can return. If someone is surgically castrated, their sexual urges don’t return.
Chemical castration was also introduced in Indonesia in 2016 following a horrific act against a 14-year-old girl. At the time, Indonesian president Joko Widodo also authorised the death penalty for convicted offenders, but claimed chemical castration could act as a deterrent to potential offenders.
Some courts in Australia can impose chemical castration as a condition of release for high-risk paedophiles. People in New South Wales can volunteer for the treatment.
Punishments for child sex crimes vary between countries around the world. In the United Kingdom, the rape of a child under 13 comes with a maximum sentence of life in prison. Similarly in Australia, a life sentence without parole can be granted to those involved in serious crimes, although the rules vary from state to state. Both South Australia and Queensland can issue a maximum of life in prison, while the maximum sentence in Victoria is 25 years. A maximum of 21 years can be served in Tasmania, 20 years in Western Australia, and natural life in New South Wales.