Bangkok: Controlling sex-related crime is a daunting task for every government. So is the case with Thailand’s government, where sex crime is on the rampage.
Thailand is set to introduce chemical castration to overcome sex crime after lawmakers approved a bill that will give offenders a chance to choose the procedure in return for a reduced prison sentence.
As per the bill, sex offenders will have the choice to get injections that will lower their testosterone levels. In return for shorter jail time, the approval of two doctors is essential.
The government will keep an eye on offenders for 10 years. According to the bill, they need to wear electronic monitoring bracelets. If the bill gets approval, then Thailand would be among the few countries where chemical castration for sex offenders would be a rule.
Several countries, including some US states, have approved this, including Poland, South Korea, Russia, and Estonia.
“I want this law to pass quickly,” Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said on Tuesday. “I don’t like to listen to crimes against women again and again,” he said.
Jaded Chouwilai, director of the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that addresses sexual violence, among other areas, said the use of chemical castration is not going to control sex crime.
The mindset of the convicts needs to be changed in prison. Punishments like execution or injected castration will never give offenders a chance to reform themselves.