Castration Law and Legal Definition

Castration means removal of the testicles. The procedure stops most of the production of the hormone testosterone. If done before puberty, it prevents the development of functioning adult sex organs. Livestock and pets are castrated to keep them from reproducing or to create a more docile animal. In humans, castration has been used for both cultural and medical reasons. This has been proposed as a punishment for various sexual offenses. When this act is maliciously performed upon a man, it is a mayhem and punishable as such, although the sufferer consented to it.