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Zelensky vetoed bill on chemical castration of pedophiles

Source : 112 Ukraine

The document was returned to the Verkhovna Rada with offers of the president
14:48, 4 September 2019

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine
Presidential Administration press office

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky returned with the offers the bill #6449 on the chemical castration and open register of the pedophiles to the Verkhovna Rada.

The draft law provides the use of the chemical castration in the case of the sexual assault of a person under 14 years old.

The formulation is as follows: “The commitment of the actions of the sexual nature tied with the vaginal, anal or oral penetration in the body of another person with the use of the penile or any other item against a person, who did not turn 14 yet, regardless of his/her voluntary agreement”.

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It is established that the forcible castration lays in the getting of antiandrogen medication to the convicted. They consist of the chemical substances aiming for the reduction of libido and sexual activity. The forcible chemical castration is not applied to people who committed the crime when they are less than 18 years old or over 65 years old.

Besides, the document tightens the sanctions for the rape by a group of people from 12 to 15 years in jail.

The immortalizing of a person who did not reach the age of 16 will be punished by the restriction of the freedom for up to 5 years.

The bill orders the Cabinet of Ministers to provide the creation of the public register of people convicted for sexual assault of underage, forcible satisfaction of the sexual passion by unnatural way committed against underage, sexual intercourse with a person who did not reach sexual maturity, the immortalizing of a person who did not reach the age of 16.

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On July 11, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law as basis and generally on the chemical castration in case of the sexual assault against a person under 14 years old. The parliament also ordered the government to create a public register of the convicted for the rape of the underage.

On July 19, 2019 then Speaker of the parliament Andriy Parubiy signed the draft law “Regarding amendments to some Ukrainian legislative acts on the enhancing of responsibility for crimes committed against child or underage or a person who has not reached sexual maturity”. 

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