Indonesia implements law to castrate child rapists


Tougher punishments are being enforced in Indonesia to fight against the increasing numbers of child sex abuse.

JAKARTA, Indonesia-- Due to the alarming rate of child sexual abuse, the Indonesian government has decided to implement severe punishments such as chemical castration and death penalty to sex offenders preying upon children.

President Joko Widodo signed a decree on Wednesday, May 25 amending Indonesia's 2002 law on child protection to enable judges in authorizing chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders. In a news conference at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Pres. Widodo told the press:
“The inclusion of such an amendment will provide space for the judge to decide severe punishments as a deterrent effect on perpetrators. These crimes have undermined the development of children, and these crimes have disturbed our sense of peace, security and public order. So, we will handle it in an extraordinary way.”
Aside from chemical castration and death penalty, the decree also included attaching monitoring devices to sex offenders following their release from jail to ensure their whereabouts anytime. Pres. Widodo also increased the maximum jail sentence of sex offenders to 20 years from 10 years.

This amendment came in response with the case of 14-year old schoolgirl who was murdered and gang-raped last April in western Sumatra island. The victim was abducted by drunken men and boys; her lifeless and naked body was found days later deep in the woods.
Seven teenagers were sentenced 10 years in prison due to the cold-blooded murder. The crime triggered national outrage which in turn, prompted the Indonesian government to take drastic measures, hence the amendment. The declaration of the tougher punishments was lauded by the majority in Indonesia.

Despite of enforcing castration as punishment upon child sex offenders, majority of doctors in Indonesia refused to be involved in the punishment they described as "inhumane". As a matter of fact, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDA) said that it will not participate with enforcing the punishments because it violates the country's medical ethics.

On the other hand, Abdul Malik Haramain, a politician from the Islamic party the National Awakening Party, insisted that castration will not violate human rights because the offender will go through the legal process first. Malik stated:
"Castration is intended to have a deterrent effect and prevent repeat sexual offences."




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Indonesia implements law to castrate child rapists
Tougher punishments are being enforced in Indonesia to fight against the increasing numbers of child sex abuse.
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