New Regulation Expected to Reduce Child Abuse: Minister

Activists holding a vigil for murdered schoolgirl Yuyun earlier this year. (Antara Photo/Agus Bebeng)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 3:47 PM October 16, 2016
Category : News, Crime, Health

Jakarta. Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Yambise said on Saturday (15/10) that the newly passed child protection regulation will significantly reduce violence and sexual abuse involving children.

The regulation is expected to be officially enacted on Wednesday after lawmakers passed the controversial law last week following months of postponements.

Only two of the 10 parties within the House of Representatives — the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) — remain undecided on the regulation.

"The passing of the regulation is expected to decrease the number of violence cases against children, especially sexual abuse," the minister said on the sidelines of Jelajah Three Ends event in Jailolo, North Maluku, as reported by state-run Antara news agency.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's government announced revisions to sections of the law referring to child protection, seeking increased punishments for offenders including the injecting of female hormones to suppress the sex drive of male offenders.

It remains unclear just who will administer the chemical castrations, with members of the Indonesian Doctors Association vocally rejecting the plan over ethics concerns. The government has attempted to urge members of the association to support the regulation.

Several human rights groups have also voiced their concerns to the chemical castrations punishment, saying the regulation is another human rights setback under Jokowi's administration.

"Although the offenders have rights, we must prioritize the human rights of the victims and their families," Yohana said.

The regulation is meant to create a deterrent effect for offender and a sense of security for the community, the minister said, adding that greater respect for women and children is a priority for the administration.

The women's and children's ministry will increase cooperations with the Attorney General's Office and the National Police.

"Lately, we have found increasing case number of sexual abuse against children. Everyday we see cases that threatened the children's future growth and life. We witness the fear among people although their children have been protected by the state," Yohana said.

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