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S. Korea lawmakers push bill for physical castration

SEOUL -- A group of 20 South Korean lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow for the physical castration of repeat sex offenders, amid public outrage at a spate of brutal sex crimes.

If the bill is adopted, courts could order the testicular castration of recidivist sex offenders who fail to respond to behavioral or chemical treatment.

Under legislation adopted by South Korea's parliament in 2010, chemical castration can be carried out on serial sex offenders convicted of crimes against minors aged under 16.

In May this year, a 45-year-old man became the first to undergo the chemical castration process which involves receiving injections to alter hormone levels.

But lawmaker Park In-sook, a medical doctor and one of the 20 MPs behind the bill introduced on Wednesday, said the effects of such medication were reversible as sexual impulses often return strongly when treatment ends.

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