Peru proposes chemical castration for rapists


The Government of Peru has reported this Saturday that it is proposing chemical castration for rapists of minors, adolescents and women, after the case of the kidnapping and rape of a three-year-old girl that has shocked the country.

“Enough of so much violence, crimes of sexual violence against children will not be tolerated by this Government, nor will they go unpunished. The pain of this family is also ours, I feel outraged at such cruelty”, said the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, in statements to the media.

The “atrocious and inhumane” case of an injured minor in the city of Chiclayoha, in northwestern Peru, has led the Peruvian population to “enormous reflection” so that the State adopts more severe public policies to safeguard the Human Rights of defenseless, as explained by the Peruvian Presidency in a statement.

To carry out the proposal and legalize this type of penalty, the Executive needs the approval of the Congress of the Republic, for which it has asked the parliamentarians to support it. “We cannot continue to tolerate these violent acts that damage our integrity as a society and destroy the lives of defenseless people,” Castillo told members of the Peruvian legislative chamber.

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Likewise, the Peruvian president has argued in defense of this measure that it is already legal in countries such as Russia, the United States -where seven states allow it-, Poland, South Korea, Indonesia and Moldova.

“As it is recalled, chemical castration consists of administering drugs that reduce libido and inhibit sexual desire. It is applied as a method of prevention against sexual assault, and also as punishment for those who commit crimes of this nature,” he assured. the Peruvian Presidency in the letter.

After this proposal, the Ombudsman’s Office has described it as “inefficient”. “It is an inefficient measure as a preventive method against crimes against sexual freedom. We already have the maximum penalties in Peru (…). We have life imprisonment as a penalty. Has this dissuaded aggressors? Has this helped reduce violence against children and adolescents?”, pointed out the deputy lawyer for children and adolescents of the Ombudsman, Matilde Cobeña, in statements to the RPP radio station.

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Cobeña stressed that “there is no evidence” that chemical castration can help reduce the incidence of sexual crimes against children and adolescents and has warned of “legal consequences” for the country “for violating international human rights treaties “.

Cobeña has defended “measures to prevent violence” such as “implementing Comprehensive Sex Education (ESI), which involves having an education with a gender focus where (…) all those who go to a school or a child who goes to initial education, or the children in their own homes, know that no one can violate them”. “We must provide the appropriate educational tools so that no boy, no girl can be violated”, she has riveted.

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