The Peruvian government is planning to enact a law on chemical castration to punish child rapists. The Peruvian government will present the proposed bill to Congress. Several members of the country’s cabinet told reporters on Wednesday.
A three-year-old girl was recently raped in Peru. The incident sparked outrage across Peru. In response, the Peruvian government plans to enact a law on chemical castration of child rapists.
“We are considering chemical castration as an additional punishment for rapists,” said Felix Chero, the country’s justice minister.
Regarding the government’s plans, Felix Chero said child rapists would face imprisonment as punishment. At the end of the sentence, the rapists will be chemically cast.
A 48-year-old man was arrested earlier this month in Peru for allegedly raping a three-year-old child. The raped child has to undergo surgery as his condition is serious.
The country’s socially conservative president, Pedro Castillo, is backing a bill on chemical castration of child rapists. The former schoolteacher said that those who raped children should be punished in an exemplary manner.
Earlier this week, Castillo said, “We hope that the bill will be supported by Congress.”
To become law, the bill must be passed by the Peruvian Congress.
Some of Peru’s conservative majority lawmakers have suggested an alternative to adding the death penalty as a punishment for child rape.
Meanwhile, Peru’s health minister Jorge Lopez has criticized the proposal for chemical castration. At the same time, women’s rights groups, including the victim’s parents, have criticized the proposal.
The country’s women’s rights group Flora Tristan said in a tweet, “We are sorry, the people who run the country do not understand sexual violence. What we need is to speed up the judicial process, improve the service, fight against impunity and strengthen resistance.
Peruvian politicians have been seen discussing the introduction of chemical castration sentences before. But it did not see the light.