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World – Poland to castrate paedophiles

WARSAW: Poland approved a law making chemical castration mandatory for paedophiles in some cases, sparking criticism from human rights groups. Under
the law, sponsored by Poland’s centre-right government, paedophiles convicted of raping children under the age of 15 years or a close relative would have to undergo chemical therapy on their release from prison.

“The purpose of this action is to improve the mental health of the convict, to lower his libido and thereby to reduce the risk of another crime being committed by the same person,” the government said. PM Donald Tusk said late last year he wanted obligatory castration for pedophiles. Tusk said he did not believe “one can use the term ‘human’ for such individuals, such creatures”. “Therefore I don’t think protection of human rights should refer to these kind of events,” Tusk said. His remarks were criticised by human rights grou-ps but he never retracted them.

“If somebody is of sound mind, we punish him. If he is sick, we try to cure him — that’s how it works in Polish law. This bill introduces both approaches. As far as I know, this makes our law the strictest in Europe on this issue,” Piotr Kladoczny from Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights said.

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September 26, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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