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Poland approves chemical castration law


Poland approves chemical castration for paedophiles

Some rapists and paedophiles in Poland could be forced to undergo chemical castration after a new law came into effect.

The procedure, to control the offender's sex drive, would apply in cases involving sex crimes against children or in cases of incest.

The law was passed last year with strong backing from prime minister Donald Tusk after the case of a man in his 40s who was convicted of repeatedly raping his daughter and fathering two children by her.

Anyone guilty of raping a child under the age of 15 can now be forced to submit to chemical and psychological therapy to reduce sex drive at the end of a prison term.

A court will decide on the appropriate therapy after consulting experts.

Chemical castration has been tried in France and Canada, but normally on a voluntary basis.

The use of compulsory chemical castration, which is reversible, remains a subject for debate in Europ