Turkey considers chemical castration for pedophiles

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)
Updated 20 February 2018
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Turkey considers chemical castration for pedophiles

ANKARA, Turkey: The Turkish justice minister says the government is considering introducing chemical castration for child abusers, following a series of reports of sexual assault on children.
Abdulhamit Gul told reporters Tuesday that under the measure being considered, courts would decide whether people convicted of sexually assaulting minors would be administered drugs to "eliminate" their sexual drives.
His comments came a day after the government decided to set up a committee to tackle child sex abuse cases.
Earlier this month, a 20-year-old man was arrested for raping a 3-year-old girl during a wedding party, causing widespread outrage.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday described the abuse cases as "dynamite that will take our society to collapse."


Turkish air strikes kill 26 militants in southeast Turkey, Iraq

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Turkish air strikes kill 26 militants in southeast Turkey, Iraq

ISTANBUL: Turkish air strikes killed 26 militants and destroyed their gun positions, shelters and ammunition stores in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq this week, Turkey’s armed forces said on Tuesday.
The military said in a statement released on its Twitter account the air strikes were carried out on Sunday and Monday in Turkey’s Diyarbakir and Sirnak provinces and in the Avasin-Basyan area of northern Iraq, where the Kurdistan Workers Party militant group has bases.