National Police Chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti has spoken out against Indonesian child protection laws saying that they are too lenient and harsher punishments are needed to deter child abusers.(Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Police Chief Calls for Harsher Child Protection Laws

BY :FAROUK ARNAZ

OCTOBER 21, 2015

Jakarta. National Police Chief Badrodin Haiti has spoken out against Indonesia's child protection law, saying it is too lenient and that more vigilant legislation is needed to deter child abusers from committing heinous crimes against minors.

Badrodin referred specifically to an article in the 2002 law that states that those found guilty of sexual crimes against children will face three to 15 years in prison and fines of Rp 60 million to Rp 300 million ($4,400 to $21,800).

“At yesterday's [Tuesday] meeting, we discussed the idea of castrating [convicted] pedophiles. But I think the laws need to be revised [since they are too lenient], or perhaps we have to make new regulations in lieu of law,” Badrodin told reporters at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday.

As for cases of parental neglect, Badrodin proposed implementing punishments that revoke parental rights on a temporary basis if the child is not adequately cared for.

Indonesia, as confirmed by the attorney general on Tuesday, plans to join a small group of countries such as Poland, Russia, and Estonia that permit the use of chemical castration to punish pedophiles.

Chemical castration would involve injecting convicted pedophiles with a female hormone in the hope that "his sexual desire will vanish."

"We are very concerned about child molestation abuse cases. This [problem] has reached extraordinary levels," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo told reporters after a cabinet meeting late on Tuesday.

There have been a number of other high-profile child sex crimes in recent years. Earlier this month, a 9-year-old schoolgirl was raped and killed in West Jakarta.

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