Castration Is The Answer
How can a man rape a two year old girl?
I mean the question in both senses. How, physically, is it possible without vile and serious physical trauma? How is it possible for any human being with any degree of conscience or decency?
These questions are unanswerable. So is the crime. No punishment can be sufficient. A death sentence would be both too forgiving and morally indefensible. Surely life must mean life? Perhaps we should consider “hard labour” or some other definition of the way that this man must spend his time in prison?
But of course this is not a man. This is a sentient being that has behaved at a level beneath a dumb animal. I doubt that he is “mad” in any sense that we can define. He is simply bad. For the full story see here.
Louis Theroux’s recent documentary, “A Place For Paedophiles”, gave an extraordinary insight into Coalinga mental hospital in California where more than 500 paedophiles who have served their sentence have been detained because they are too dangerous to release. The BBC has already removed this from the iPlayer so am I happy to direct you elsewhere: (download it here via BitTorrent).
In Coalinga more than 70% of the inmates refuse to participate in the therapy that is their only remote possibility of release. Otherwise they are destined to spend the rest of their days locked up, even if in relative luxury. One inmate who was participating in therapy had gone as far as having himself surgically castrated in the hope of release.
Now this may be a way forward. Why not make surgical castration an option for depraved, out of control monsters such as the one convicted yesterday? It could be optional, as part of rehabilitation, or in the most serious cases enforced as part of the sentence. For someone guilty of such appalling crimes I do not see this as any infringement of his rights.