A wider use of chemical castration is among a comprehensive set of measures being mulled for sex offenders. Under the proposed measures, offenders who committed sexual crimes dating back to the year 2000 would also have their identity and personal information revealed to the public.
The government and the ruling party met Sunday and decided to pursue the changes to the legal code in a bid to put a lid on the growing number of sexual crimes taking place across the nation.
The current law on chemical castration stipulates that only convicted pedophiles aged 19 or older who sexually abuse minors under the age of 16 can be subjected to this in order to suppress their sex drive.
The law was introduced in July last year, but due to its sensitivity, the punishment has only been administered to one person to date.
The National Police Agency announced on Sunday that it will review the personal information of some 4,500 sex offenders from Monday to Sept. 14 to check the veracity of their residential address, occupation, car registration number and other details that are available to the public.
This is part of the government's efforts to strengthen its surveillance of sex offenders.