Paedophiles who have been convicted in Kazakhstan are set to face chemical castration as punishment.
The Kazakhstan government has so far provided funds for some 2000 injections to be used on men who have committed sex crimes.
Persons who commit child sex crimes in the Asian country are subject to heavy sentences and could even serve up to a 20-year jail sentence.
The News Corp reports that a man from the Turkestan region will receive the first injection in a process supervised by the health ministry.
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has reportedly allocated $37,000 for the injections to be used on the sex offenders.
Deputy health minister Lyazat Aktayeva is quoted as saying: “At the moment there has been one request for chemical castration in accordance with a court ruling."
“Funds have been allocated for more than 2000 injections,” she added.
Chemical castration uses anaphrodisiac drugs to reduce the offender’s libido and sexual activity.
Unlike surgical castration, this process does not remove organs, nor is it a form of sterilisation.
Explaining the rationale behind the castration, Senator Byrganym Aitimova said it is a necessity to prevent men from committing sexual violence.
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