Jakarta. Hidayat Nur Wahid, deputy speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, or MPR, has called on the government to take firm action against websites and mobile applications geared towards gay men.
"The government has to protect [the public] against the gay community's websites that clearly support crimes against children. I request that they be blocked," Hidayat said in Jakarta on Friday (09/09).
According to Hidayat, amid the increasing number of child sex abuse cases, the state should prevent child prostitution and take action against perpetrators.
"The president issued a regulation on castration. I think the regulation should be tightened if it can end crimes against children. There are still many gaps [in the regulation] that can be taken advantage of," he said.
The Child Protection Law prescribes the death penalty for those who introduce children to narcotics, but pedophiles face only a maximum of 15 years' imprisonment.
"The punishment should be the same as in case of narcotics," Hidayat said.