‘Chem­i­cal cas­tra­tion will not work and is against hu­man rights’: Doc­tor as­so­ci­a­tion

Dr Prijo Sidipratomo is chair­man of the med­i­cal ethics com­mit­tee at the In­done­sian Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion. This is his re­sponse.

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My mes­sage to all doc­tors across In­done­sia is that as long as you’re a doc­tor, you can­not do it, even if the govern­ment says it is to pun­ish a rapist.

You can­not cure pae­dophilia by chem­i­cal cas­tra­tion.

How long can it last? Let’s say the pa­tient has it for three years while in jail. But after his re­lease he can go to a doc­tor and re­verse it with hor­mone ther­apy. Chem­i­cal cas­tra­tion is not com­pletely ir­re­versible, so it is not ef­fec­tive. Fur­ther­more, the pun­ish­ment can­not be done as long as the ex­ecu­tor is a med­i­cal doc­tor, be­cause we have to up­hold med­i­cal ethics. When you be­come a doc­tor, you have to swear that you won’t do any­thing harm­ful to any hu­man be­ing. My mes­sage to all doc­tors across In­done­sia is that as long as you’re a doc­tor, you can­not do it, even if the govern­ment says it is to pun­ish a rapist. It is harm­ful and it’s against hu­man rights.

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