Castration of rapists– should it be put to the testes?
Bathabile Dlamini suggests chemical castration to punish rapists, but many don’t think it tackles the real problem
Experts agree that chemical castration on men found guilty of rape will not be a solution to address the scourge of rape in the country. This is after ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini called for harsher punishment for those found guilty of rape, which she said should include chemical castration.
Sonke Gender Justice spokesperson Given Sigauqwe said the organisation was against such an approach because gender-based violence was more about power and humiliation than sex.
“Research on countries that exercise the death penalty shows that it fails to deter commission of crimes and is more expensive than those serving a life sentence. Furthermore, chemical castrations and the death penalty are acts of violence themselves which violate the right to life and bodily integrity.”..