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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Thieves will have hands cut off and rapists will be castrated in Bolivia

Thieves will have their hands amputated and rapists will be chemically castrated under a controversial new judicial system for Bolivia's indigenous people.
Trained doctors will be paid to operate on convicted criminals in the city of El Alto after they are sentenced by a newly created court.
And if medical professionals refuse to perform the surgery, lesser-trained indigenous doctors from the rural, highland provinces will be paid to take on the work.

The first court to work under the community justice framework was appointed in El Alto, on the outskirts of the Bolivian capital La Paz (pictured), this week
The first court to work under the community justice framework was appointed in El Alto, on the outskirts of the Bolivian capital La Paz (pictured), this week
Carmelo Titirico, leader of the National Council for Ayllu y Marka people, said the brutal punishment had been approved by the area's indigenous community 'as it's the only way to stop those crimes'.

He told LV7 Radio: 'Indigenous justice is handled differently, not between four walls as ordinary justice is. We will not be sending people to jail in these cases.'

He added he was aware the measures could lead to widespread rejection, but said his council would not back down.
Rapists will be chemically castrated, and thieves who are caught offending three times will have one of their hands cut off.
Titirico said the punishments were permitted under the 'community justice law' enshrined in the South American nation's constitution promulgated by President Evo Morales in 2009

The new system is part of the 'Law of Separate Jurisdictions', in force since 2010, that defines the boundary between 'community justice' and the usual legislative process.

Community justice can only be dispensed against indigenous people, whereas the regular legal system can be applied to everyone.

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