Madagascar to surgically castrate paedophiles (child sex offenders) under the new law approved by Members of the Parliament.
Madagascar’s parliament has approved a new law that will see paedophiles surgically castrated for their crimes.
The new law comes just days after Kazakhstan announced a similar law where the country’s worst offending child sex offenders will have their genitals surgically removed.
On February 2 Madagascar’s parliament, The National Assembly approved a law that legalised the castration of child rapists.
The old law stated that those found guilty of raping a minor would face between five and 20 years of forced labour.
However, this new law states that those found guilty of raping a child under 10 years old will be surgically castrated and sentenced to life imprisonment.
While if the victim is between 10 and 13 years old, they will instead be chemically castrated and face 15 to 20 years of forced labour.
If the rapist is also a minor they will escape castration.
Minister of Justice Landy Randriamanantenasoa spoke in favour of the bill. Le Quotidien, a French language newspaper, reported that Ms Randriamanantenasoa said: ‘Society must know what they did and who they are.’
The bill was proposed by the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, last month and was one of his key campaign promises during his re-election bid last year.
International organizations have criticized the new law. The BBC reports that in a statement, Tigere Chagutah, Amnesty’s regional director for East and Southern Africa, said: ‘In Madagascar, rape cases remain under-reported, and perpetrators often go free due to the victims’ and their families fear of retaliation, stigmatization, and a lack of trust in the judicial system.
‘Implementing chemical and surgical castration, which constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, as a punishment for those found guilty of raping minors will not solve this and is inconsistent with Malagasy constitutional provisions against torture and other ill-treatment, as well as regional and international human rights standards.’
Ms Randriamanantenasoa has rebuked similar criticism about respect for human rights by saying Madagascar is a sovereign country.
Kazakhstan announced its own draft law to remove paedophiles genitals on February 6 following complaints from MPs that the current law where paedophiles are chemically castrated was not deterring child sex offenders.
The tightening of the law follows the death of Erkezhan Nurmakhan, five, who was lured to a paedophile’s house after he offered her money for ice cream.
Saidolim Gayibnazarov, 48, who had previous convictions, was sentenced to life in jail and chemical castration.
Deputy Interior Minister of Kazakhstan, Igor Lepikha, said surgical castration was ‘controversial’.
‘In terms of ethics and the human side of the issue, it is very complicated indeed.
‘Moreover, we speak about these criminals being locked up for life – so there is no point in [castration] then.’