According to BBC News, sex offenders in Germany are offered surgical castration as a way to cure the abnormal sex drive. The Council of Europe, which is a watchdog for human rights in Europe, has urged the country to end this practice because it is degrading.
I agree. Castration as a “cure” is absurd. It not only humiliates and degrades those who are castrated, but it is a practice that is unnecessary in the treatment of sex offenders. Plus, it is irreversible. Once someone is castrated, it cannot be undone and there could be unintended health and mental consequences.
The best way for a country to deal with sex offenders is not to castrate them, but rehabilitate them. Rehabilitation not only allows sex offenders to keep all their parts, but it will help them understand possibly why they get the urges and feel the way they do.