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Italian minister demands castration law for rapists
AN Italian minister has called for a law punishing rapists with castration following recent sex crimes by foreigners in northern Italy.
Reforms Minister Roberto Calderoli, of the right-wing Northern League party, said Italy should sentence sex offenders to either "chemical castration" - hormone-suppressing drug treatment - or surgical removal of the testicles.
"I think it's necessary to introduce a sentence of chemical castration for sexual crimes," he said.
"I think that surgical [castration] is the most suitable. But even chemical castration will keep these beasts in a condition where they can't hurt anyone."
A 15-year-old girl was raped on Saturday in Bologna. Police arrested two Moroccan immigrants.
Officers also believe foreigners are to blame for another teenage rape in Milan.