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    Polish president signs chemical castration law

    Polish President Lech Kaczynski has signed a law making chemical castration compulsory for adults who rape children or immediate family members.

    The introduction of the law means that Poland is now the only country in Europe where certain sex offenders will be forced to undergo the treatment.

    Prime Minister Donald Tusk proposed the law in the wake of several high-profile paedophile cases.

    The practice has been tried elsewhere but usually on a voluntary basis.

    According to its politicians, Poland now has the toughest legislation towards paedophiles in Europe.

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    Under the law, adults convicted of raping a child under the age of 15 or committing incest will be forced upon release to take drugs to reduce their libido - a practice commonly referred to as chemical castration.

    Other European countries have experimented with the practice, which can produce unpleasant side effects such as breast growth, but only as a voluntary option to try to prevent people from re-offending.
    The Polish law was drafted following a case last year in which a 45-year-old man repeatedly raped his daughter and fathered two children by her.

    The law has been criticised by human-rights groups, but it enjoys widespread public support, with one survey saying close to 80% of people here support the measure.

    Are the effects of this drug permanent?

    BBC News - Polish president signs chemical castration law
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    Re: Polish president signs chemical castration law

    No, they are not permanent. They require a regular dosage schedule to maintain their effects.

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    Re: Polish president signs chemical castration law

    Do you have a link to a news story? The OP link is to wiki

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    What safeguards are there in the application of this sentence. IMO the law should be as strict as death penalty laws

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    Re: Polish president signs chemical castration law

    It makes sense to make this a contingency of parole for sex offenders who are shown likely to repeat their offense. But that makes it optional.. they can either choose the drug or prison. If you make it mandatory and the person refuses are you going to forcibly inject them or something? That part I don't agree with. And there is probably no way to monitor that they take the drug every day, they shouldn't make laws that are impossible to enforce.
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    Wow, really? If they're still so much of a danger then keep them in jail. That's cruel and unusual punishment.

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    Re: Polish president signs chemical castration law

    Ooops i linked the wrong thing.
    Ill get Korimyr to look at it. But for the time being its:

    BBC News - Polish president signs chemical castration law
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    Re: Polish president signs chemical castration law

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    Wow, really? If they're still so much of a danger then keep them in jail. That's cruel and unusual punishment.
    If it were up to me I would use a knife instead of a drug that isn't permanent.

    Rape, be it of a child or an adult, is the one crime that does not ever have an excuse. Murder, theft can at least have a valid excuse. Rape never does. For that reason (among others of course) I think that it should have the harshest sentence possible.
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    Re: Polish president signs chemical castration law

    Get knife, chop off balls, dose em with a **** ton of estrogen, set em loose in prison.

    Punishment. Administered.

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    Re: Polish president signs chemical castration law

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    If it were up to me I would use a knife instead of a drug that isn't permanent.

    Rape, be it of a child or an adult, is the one crime that does not ever have an excuse. Murder, theft can at least have a valid excuse. Rape never does. For that reason (among others of course) I think that it should have the harshest sentence possible.
    So a rapist can never be rehabilitated?

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    Re: Polish president signs chemical castration law

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    So a rapist can never be rehabilitated?
    Can you show us some cases where one has?

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