Saturday, 26 September

The Parliamentary Committee on Legislative Support of Law Enforcement recommended the people’s deputies to support the bill number 6607, which implements the Single Register of Persons Convicted for Sexual Crimes Against Children, and increases the responsibility for these crimes. This was reported by the press service of the National Police.

The draft law was considered after the electronic petition for the protection of children from sexual violence had gained the required number of votes on the website of the Verkhovna Rada.

In the bill, according to the petition, it is said that the register will be “semi-closed” and will promote non-admission to children’s institutions of convicted persons for sexual abuse of children.

“Access to the register will be given to law enforcement agencies and the Ministry of Justice. The right to receive information from the register will be provided for heads of children’s institutions,” the petition states.

In addition, the bill provides chemical castration, which the authors of the law define as “the introduction of medical drugs, which reduce the sexual desire and operate for a certain time.”

“This is not a punishment, but a voluntary measure of medical nature, foreseen for individuals who: 1. Committed a particularly grave sexual offense against the child 2. Have a psychiatric diagnosis – pedophilia,”  the petition reads.

At the same time, the head of the National Police Serhii Knyazev noted that the law-enforcement officers support the bill “one hundred percent”.

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