Madagascar Passes Controversial Sex Offender Law

    Madagascar Passes Controversial Sex Offender Law
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    The Facts

    • Madagascar's Parliament passed a law allowing for the castration of those convicted of raping minors. The law must now be approved by the High Constitutional Court and then signed by President Andry Rajoelina, who proposed the legislation.

    • Under the law, those convicted of raping children aged 14 to 17 are chemically castrated, while those who raped children aged 10 to 13 can be either chemically or surgically castrated. In addition, pedophiles face harsher sentences of up to life imprisonment.


    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Not only does castration provide a method of punishment, but both chemical and surgical methods also reduce the prevalence of crimes. Such solutions are even requested occasionally by the perpetrators. Evil crimes should not only be punished but also prevented.

    Narrative B

    While castration for sexual criminals is considered, and even used, by governments across the globe, its use is rare and typically only in the most dire circumstances. Even though this issue involves heinous crimes, medical and legal ethics should still be weighed heavily. Governments should primarily focus on reforming prisons to help offenders reenter society.


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