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Castration in Poland


Poland is to become the first EU country to impose chemical castration on convicted paedophiles

Legislation is being pushed through the country's parliament to make the procedure compulsory for all sex criminals who pose a risk to others.

The method involves giving convicted paedophiles drugs which take away their sexual urges.

Calls for the introduction of chemical castration have arisen following a recent incest case that shocked the country.

In a story reminiscent of that of Josef Fritzl, a 45-year-old man was arrested in Poland a fortnight ago accused of fathering two children by his young daughter.

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk unveiled the legislation after being angered by the revelations.

It is hoped that judges will soon have the right to order the procedure.

But European civil liberties groups have condemned the plans, saying that they violate human rights.

However the prime minister has received overwhelming public support for his decision and his popularity has rocketed in opinion polls.

Defending his decision, Mr Tusk said: "I don't think you can call such individuals – such creatures – human beings. I don't think you can talk about human rights in such a case."

Polish citizens could challenge the move in the European Court of Human Rights but this seems unlikely owing to the widespread praise for the legislation.

Supporters are reminding those against the move that the effects of chemical castration are not permanent, nor are they a guarantee that a paedophile will not re-offend.

The Health and Justice ministries are working on a draft that is likely to be presented to Cabinet next month and it is expected that the law will be passed by parliament, where there is a majority backing punitive castration.

Justice minister Zbigniew Cwiakalski said that the government had to protect the safety of the public.

He said: "Everyone talks about the safety of criminals, but what about the rights of the victims?

"Where is the safety and health of our children? We have the right to use measures that will protect the public."

Last month, the British government revealed that it is to offer chemical castration to convicted paedophiles only if offenders agree to it.

Voluntary schemes similar to Britain's have been set up in Sweden, Denmark, Canada and eight states in the United States and have apparently proved successful.


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Poland set to impose chemical castration after outrage over incest case

Poland, which has been enraged by a shocking case of incest, is likely to become the first EU country to give judges the right to impose chemical castration on convicted paedophiles.

Although the plan has drawn overwhelming public support — 84 per cent of Poles approve — liberal politicians and doctors say that forced castration violates human rights and debases the medical profession.

But Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister, has responded: “I don’t think you can call such individuals — such creatures — human beings. I don’t think you can talk about human rights in such a case.”

A 45-year-old man was arrested in Poland a fortnight ago accused of fathering two children by his young daughter. The press compared it to the case of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who kept his daughter prisoner in a cellar for two decades, sexually abusing her and creating a secret family.


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What about the human rights of the victims of paedophiles? There seems to be a massive trade in worldwide child sex. Paedophiles have even started setting up rights movements. So maybe this is the only answer.

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So what is your view on this Angela?

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I'm in favour.

Although chemical castration would rely on the individual actually taking the drugs. So I would go further and do it physically. Chop off whatever is the cause of this perversion.

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As I'm more liberal I'd be in favour of doing something that is reversible long term but that gives them say a few years of no libido coupled with aversion therapy to make them realise the horror of what they have done. Any form of actual physical mutilation is abhorrent to me and reminds me of places like saudi where they still chop off hands.

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Roll up, roll up - not only do we have cheap dentistry in Poland but we can act as a one-stop shop for all your needs!

I reckon this is all a ploy to draw attention away from the poor track record of this pathetic, mafia-loving govt we have, run by this poison dwarf of an elephant's tooth.