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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Kyrgyzstan: Death penalty for pedophilia will not help to save children

"The initiative to institute the death penalty for pedophilia, raised by some parties during the election campaign, is an irresponsible populism," ex-minister of social development of Kyrgyzstan Edil Baisalov said to 24.kg news agency.

"Instead of crime prevention, we discuss only punishment again. We should immediately institute at least 600 new units of social workers and many times increase the capacity of local bodies, protecting children as well as to improve prevention of mental disorders. Unfortunately, the last government did not pay attention to the needs of social development, and we see the bitter consequences of such a policy in the tragic news every day. We should not forget that, as a rule, only a tiny bit of violence against children is made public. Death penalty for pedophilia will not help to save them," Edil Baisalov said.

It should be noted that it was repeatedly offered in Kyrgyzstan to toughen the punishment for pedophilia, including introduction of castration, life imprisonment and death penalty. 

There were even collected signatures in support of the latter norm.

Source: eng.24.kg, Sept. 26, 2015

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