Government of Peru proposes chemical castration for rapists of minors

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

19:32 | Lima, Apr. 16.

The President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Saturday announced that the Government is considering drastic measures such as the implementation of mandatory chemical castration for rapists of minors, teenagers, and women, as has been done in other countries around the world.

Following the case of sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl in the city of Chiclayo, which has shocked the nation, the Head of State said that sexual abuse against minors will not go unpunished, affirming that multisectoral work will be strengthened to prevent and eradicate it.

"Enough of so much violence, crimes of sexual violence against boys and girls will not be tolerated by this Government, nor will they go unpunished. The pain of this family is also ours, I am outraged by such cruelty," he commented.

"This atrocious and inhumane act leads to great reflection as a country to adopt more severe State public policies that safeguard the human rights of the most defenseless people, meaning our boys and girls, and chemical castration is an option; we cannot wait any longer," Mr. Castillo added.

The top dignitary remarked that this measure should be included in the Criminal Code and that the approval of the Congress of the Republic is required to determine its legality, as has been done in countries like Russia, the United States (in seven states), Poland, South Korea, Indonesia, and Moldova, where it is already implemented.

"We urge the Congress of the Republic to support concrete measures in favor of the most vulnerable, because we cannot continue to tolerate these violent acts that damage our integrity as a society and destroy the lives of defenseless individuals," he said.

In this context, President Castillo affirmed that the Government is monitoring the health status of the injured minor in Chiclayo.

To that end, it has been provided —through the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations— that, if necessary, she shall be transferred to the city of Lima —along with her parents— for rehabilitation and psychological support.

In addition, legal advice and free legal aid will be provided to the family.


Published: 4/16/2022
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