SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- A South Korean court on Thursday ordered a repeat child sex offender be chemically castrated in the first such decision in the country.
With the decision by the Seoul Southern District Court, a 31- year-old man surnamed Pyo will be sentenced to 15 years in jail and given medication that inhibits sexual urges.
Pyo, who the court said is"incapable of self-control,"has been convicted with raping five teenagers between November 2011 and May 2012. He had threatened to circulate sex videos online. "The medication will help reduce the defendant's excessive sexual fantasies and desires,"the court said in a ruling.
The criminal record of Pyo, a barista, will remain public for the next 10 years.
Critics charge that the use of chemical castration violates human rights of sex offenders.