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S. Korea MPs urge physical castration for repeat rapists

Published on Sep 5, 2012 5:48 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - A group of 20 South Korean lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday that would allow for the physical castration of repeat sex offenders, amid public outrage at a spate of brutal sex crimes.

If the bill is adopted, courts could order the testicular castration of recidivist sex offenders who fail to respond to behavioural or chemical treatment.

Under legislation adopted by South Korea's parliament in 2010, chemical castration can be carried out on serial sex offenders convicted of crimes against minors aged under 16.

In May this year, a 45-year-old man became the first to undergo the chemical castration process which involves receiving injections to alter hormone levels.

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