Italy is now considering introducing chemical castration for sex offenders and making illicit tapes a criminal offense.
Members of the Parliament in the country’s ruling populist coalition have debated over the proposals, which appear in a new bill that targets sex crimes.
The idea to castrate offenders with their consent was put forward by the right-wing League, whose Secretary-General is Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. But the party’s coalition partners Five Star strongly disagree.
In addition, revenge porn is set to be a crime. However, there are still many things to be discussed about the details of the proposal.
Five Star MP Veronica Giannone dismissed League’s idea, saying: “It’s a joke to say “we’ll castrate you, but only if you agree”. Chemical castration isn’t the method, but prison and certainty of punishment.
“This proposal is just political propaganda, and dozens of my colleagues think so too.”
Salvini shared on Twitter that it was the right punishment for three men who abused an American tourist in Sicily.
He tweeted: “For the [expletive] worms in #Catania who abused a tourist there’s no discount: certain punishment and chemical castration!”
All three of the suspects raped and abused the woman while recording the assault. Arrests were made when police caught them after one sent the victim a video and invited her out again.
The coalition parties agree on the matter of revenge illicit tapes only to an extent.
Ms. Maria Teresa Giglio said: “As you are an MP, perhaps what happened can serve as input to legislate and finally intervene against this phenomenon.”
Mrs. Sarti also criticized another MP’s stance on the issue. She wrote on Facebook: “The topic is so sensitive that it requires wide debate not only in parliament, but also judicial and social, above all involving experts, victims, families, analysts, jurists and all the relevant state actors, like the post and telecoms police.
“It’s a very important issue, so serious regulation must not be incomplete.”
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