Indonesia is set to impose chemical castration as additional punishment for child sex offenders.
President Joko Widodo agreed on Tuesday that convicted sexual predators on children should be castrated, the Cabinet Secretariat website said.
The chairman of National Commission on Child Protection (Komnas Anak), Arist Merdeka Sirait, welcomed the decision.
He said the commission had been demanding that child sex offenders to be chemically castrated in light of rising cases of abuse in the country.
“Indonesia is in a state of emergency with regard to child sex abuse cases. These cases have been steadily increasing while our children have no proper protection and they can’t defend themselves,” Arist told The Parrot.
According to Arist, there were more than 21 million child rights violation cases from 2010 to 2014 and 58% of them were sexual abuse cases.
“With the rise of sexual abuse on children, the president agreed for suppression of sex drive [of child molester],” Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa was quoted as saying on the Cabinet Secretariat website.
She added that the penalty would probably be stipulated in a government regulation in lieu of a law or Perpu.
Attorney General HM Prasetyo said prosecutors would seek the castration penalty once the legal basis is put in place.
“It could create a deterrent effect and [child molesters] would have to think a thousand times. It is not impossible that we will issue a Perpu,” Prasetyo was quoted as saying.
Arist said that the commission also requested that law enforcement agencies give the public authority to impose social punishment to child sex offenders by distributing their names and photos in public places.
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) data showed that the number of child abuse cases significantly jumped from 2,178 cases in 2011 to 5,066 cases in 2014.
Under the 2002 Child Protection Law, child sex offences are punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of 300 million rupiah.