At least 15 million teenage girls worldwide have been forced into sex - often by partners, relatives or friends - yet only one in 100 sought help, the United Nations said on Wednesday (01/11). (Reuters Photo/Kim Kyung-hoon)

Joko to Issue Perppu on Chemical Castration for Convicted Pedophiles

BY :EDO KARENSA

FEBRUARY 04, 2016

Jakarta. The National Commission on Child Protection, or Komnas PA, said President Joko Widodo has agreed to include sexual abuse against children as an "extraordinary crime" and approved of the implementation of chemical castration on offenders.

Arist Merdeka Sirait, chairman of Komnas PA, said the president has principally agreed that sexual violence against children should be considered as an extraordinary crime equal to terrorism, narcotics and corruption, adding it will be ruled in a regulation in lieu of law, or perppu.

The perppu will also stipulate a harsher punishment for child sex offenders, which would involve injecting a hormone the government says could suppress their sex drive, thus reducing their likelihood of re-offending.

“The president has agreed to include harsher punishments with chemical castration in the perppu. The determination of extraordinary crimes for the deprivation of children’s rights and children’s disappearances that begins from sexual abuse will be included in the perppu on extraordinary crime,” Arist said at the State Palace on Wednesday (03/02), as quoted by the Secretariat Cabinet.

The government is also preparing a presidential regulation on the Prevention and Measurement of Violence against Children in Schools, Arist added.

The idea to introduce the use of chemical castration to punish pedophiles was previously rejected by activists, saying this legal move would not address the root causes of child sex crimes as they should be approached psychologically.

Supriyadi Eddyono of the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform said chemical castration was not the right solution, saying there are better ways to ensure children are protected from sexual predators, including better monitoring and witness protection.

Indonesia has seen a string of headline-grabbing cases of child sex abuses in recent years, many of them involving cases of serial pedophiles.

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