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."


Iran will defeat Trump just like it did Saddam, won't abandon missiles: Rouhani

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Iran will defeat Trump just like it did Saddam, won't abandon missiles: Rouhani

DUBAI: US President Donald Trump will fail in his confrontation with Iran, just like Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, referring to the 1980s war between the two Middle Eastern powers, and vowing that Tehran will not abandon its missiles despite US pressure.
"The same will happen to Trump. America will suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein," Rouhani said in a speech carried live by state television that marked the start of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.
"Iran will not abandon its defensive weapons ... including its missiles that make America so angry," Rouhani said.