Thailand is about to implement a chemical castration as a means of combating sex crimes, allowing criminals to choose the surgery in exchange for a lighter prison term.
With 2 senators abstaining, 145 senators voted late on Monday to pass this bill. After another vote, it needs royal approval.
Out of 16,413 people found guilty of sex offences between 2013 and 2020, 4848 Thai convicts have committed new offences, according to the corrections department.
The bill’s offenders may choose to receive an injection that lowers testosterone levels in exchange for a lesser sentence to prison.
The measure stipulates that the offenders would be monitored for ten years and would need to wear electronic bracelets.
Somsak Thepsuthin, the minister of justice, declared, “I want this bill to pass swiftly because I don’t want to hear about awful things happening to women again.
NGOs, the director of women and men, Jaded Chouwilai, and others have stated that using chemical castration to address sex offences is ineffective.
According to him, inmates should be rehabilitated by altering their perspectives while incarcerated.
“Using punishment like execution or castration by injection fosters the notion that the wrongdoer can no longer be rehabilitated,” they continued.
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