Today, most people believe that sexual abuse is one of the worst crimes. A person who is subjected to such a crime may have psychological and physical problems in his/her life. Some people argue that a person who commits sexual abuse deserves to be punished by castration which is the removal of the sex glands and is normally defined as a chemical process, using hormones to render them impotent. Although our legal system works on the basis of non-physical punishment, perpetrators of sex crimes must be punished with castration.
To begin with, it can undeniably be said that a sexual offence is one of the worst of crimes. Because it damages its victim both physically and psychologically, these offenders deserve to be punished with suitable punishments. Victims of sexual abuse may not confront the situation and this may lead to many psychological problems. Such a horrific crime mainly stems from physical and psychological urges and thus it is not possible to free offenders from the desire to reoffend without a suitable punishment. In this situation, castration is definitely a suitable response to such a crime.
Moreover, it must be taken into consideration that most offenders want to be free from the desire to reoffend and to be free of these urges. However, like drug addicts, they can not manage to control these urges. Therefore, they find themselves committing sex crimes over and over again. Because no rational counseling will solve the problem, a chemical cure for such urges will prevent a repetition of the crime.
On the other hand, people who are against castration argue that physical punishment is barbaric and has no place in a modern legal system .They believe that our legal system works on the basis of non-physical punishment for crimes committed. However, if a jail term or counseling is not a real solution, considering castration as a strong deterrent is a must.
In conclusion, castration is definitely a suitable punishment which would end public anxiety and prevent a repetition of the crime. It is a suitable method that will eradicate the problem of sexual abuse. As it will end both the sufferings of the offenders and the victims, it is a perfect solution for this problem.
Çağla Gün / Advanced, May