Convicted paedophiles forced to undergo chemical castration in Kazakhstan have been shown on TV begging for forgiveness as they describe their pain and anguish.
The ex-Soviet state has pioneered tough new laws against all men found guilty of child sex offences.
Chemical castration is carried out by regular injections, and will continue even after long jail sentences are served.
One child rapist has described ‘aching so badly’ after his first injection that he ‘wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy’. He called for the ban of the ‘barbaric’ procedure.
Convicted paedophiles forced to undergo chemical castration in Kazakhstan have been shown on TV begging for forgiveness as they describe their pain and anguish
In an evident media campaign by the authorities to warn would-be male sex attackers, one paedophile begged them to stop the chemical castration
Chemical castration is carried out by regular injections, and will continue even after long jail sentences are served. Pictured: A nurse at a strict regime colony administers an injection for chemical castration on a prisoner
A paedophile said on TV: ‘I know it’s harmful to my body. I know it will affect my health in future.’
In an evident media campaign by the authorities to warn would-be male sex attackers, another convict pleaded: ‘Now I am sorry I committed such a crime. By my example I want to show men they should not commit such terrible offences.
‘I beg those who prescribed me chemical castration, cancel your decision. I am still very young.’
A prisoner identified only as Marat, guilty of a rape attempt on a minor, told how he had had three castration injections so far at a penal colony in the southern city of Shymkent, which stop him getting erections.
He said: ‘Everything is really bad in terms of my man’s health. I need a sexual life yet nothing works down there.
‘Why castrate me? I admit I’m guilty. But I want to live further. I still have my family and children.’
Marat was jailed for 15 years for the attempted rape of a child.
One convict (left) condemned to chemical castration is seen speaking to members of the media
The ex-Soviet state has pioneered tough new laws against all men found guilty of child sex offences. Pictured: A strict regime colony in Kazakhstan
Another convicted paedophile, aged 50, found guilty of raping a schoolgirl, 14, was reportedly in tears as he said in his strict-regime penal colony: ‘They have sentenced me to 17 years. I was brought here in February this year.
‘I have children back home, some of them are minors. Now they say I will face castration.’
Kazakhstan claims its tough approach has led to a 15 per cent fall in attacks on children, though statistics for paedophile offences have risen, perhaps due to higher reporting levels.
After the first castrations in Kazakhstan, one child rapist said he was left ‘aching so badly’.
He said: ‘It is incredibly difficult, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy,’ adding that there should be a ban on the ‘barbaric’ procedure.
But a nurse and grandmother tasked with castrating paedophiles in one Kazakh jail claims the West should also follow the ex-Soviet state’s example.
Zoya Manaenko, 69, insists it is right that child sex attackers should face this ultimate punishment.
‘These people need to be stopped somehow,’ said Zoya, who works in a prison hospital.
‘They commit terrible crimes against children. So it is right that the law allows this.’
A nurse at a strict regime colony prepares to perform chemical castration to a prisoner
Kazakhstan’s no tolerance policy includes publishing pictures, names and addresses of all child sex attackers after their release from jail.
Last year a map showed the location of 234 ‘potentially dangerous paedophiles’ after their release.
But the castration laws only apply to those convicted after the laws came into effect.
Magzhan Yesimbek, deputy head of one penal colony, said that he had more than 100 paedophiles in his prison but only three had been castrated under the law.
Some 30 were due for release this year, but because their offences were committed earlier, they have not been castrated.