Paedophilia can be treated, says expert

By   |  Published: 28th Feb 2017  11:16 pm
Reaching out: Dr Klaus M Beier, director of Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Berlin. Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: While paedophilia cannot be cured, it certainly can be treated and there is a need for India to have a programme aimed at treating such persons, said Dr Klaus M Beier, director of Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Berlin.

The well-known researcher, who has launched an initiative in which paedophiles are given treatment that helps control their urges, in Germany, believes that a similar programme, aimed at potential sex criminals and those who have already committed such offences, should be implemented in India.

“Like in Germany, the treatment can work in India too provided some changes in the treatment modality is introduced. We have to keep in mind the local treatment practice and protocols,” said Dr Beier.

The treatment protocols should include psychological and psychiatric sessions, besides medication in extreme cases, he said.

To help healthcare professionals in India to understand and deal with such persons, Charite Institute Berlin is training doctors here by organising a series of training sessions in Pune, Chennai and Mumbai.

The expert rued the lack of accurate data and scientific study on child sex abuse offences in India.

Though, a few paedophiles are willing to seek help, many still prefer to avoid treatment, fearing exposure and social boycott. “Instead of judging them, they should be helped in overcoming the problem,” he added.