Jul 01 2018

Turkey to implement chemical castration for child sex offenders - Deputy PM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ on Sunday said that Turkey would be going ahead with plans for mandating chemical castration for those convicted of sex offences against children, independent news site T24 reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has been considering this following increased public outcry over a string of sexual assaults against children over the past few years.

‘’We will be putting into effect the precaution of sexual castration in all its facets in the new term,’’ Bozdağ said while speaking on the death of an eight-year-old girl who had been missing since June 22. Eylül Yağlıkara’s body was discovered on July 1 in the town of Polatlı in Ankara; she was sexually assaulted and beaten with sharp objects, an autopsy report found.

‘’Zero tolerance will be shown. There will be no reduced sentencing in cases of sex offences against children,’’ AKP deputy leader Öznur Çalık had previously stated.

Bozdağ also noted that heavier penalties would be introduced for child sex abuse.