Students, teachers and friends of murdered 9-year-old Putri Nur Fauziah lay flowers on her grave. (Antara Photo/Lucky R.)

Schoolgirl Murder Renews Call for Castrating Pedophiles, Harsher Sentencing


OCTOBER 11, 2015

Jakarta. The rape and murder of a 9-year-old school girl in Jakarta has renewed calls for harsher punishments for child abusers, with one prominent child protection group calling on Indonesia to adopt chemical castrations for convicted pedophiles.

The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) is planning to visit the Supreme Court on Monday to urge judges to impose harsher punishments they say will deter future offenders.

"The punishments must be harsher: from castration to the death penalty. This is what we are advocating, not just to the related ministries but also to the Supreme Court," KPAI chairman Asrorun Ni'am said as quoted by

The introduction of chemical castration for pedophiles has also gained the support of Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa, who said sexual abuse against children leaves victims deeply traumatized and scarred for the rest of their lives.

"It is with this consideration, the perpetrators must be punished heavily," she said, as quoted by

"In some countries, law enforcers have imposed chemical or surgical castration [on offenders]. This will deter future crimes. Even if the perpetrators are out of jail they cannot repeat their offense."

Police have arrested 39-year-old Agus Dermawan for allegedly raping and killing Putri Nur Fauziyah. Police said Agus strangled Putri with a cellphone charger cable before wrapping her body in cardboard and dumping the remains in a quiet part of Kamal, in West Jakarta's Kalideres district, on Oct. 2.

Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian, the head of the Jakarta Police, said that Agus was a pedophile who could not control his urges when using methamphetamine.

Police have been busy gathering evidence in the case and say they have found Agus' DNA on one of the socks worn by the victim. Her blood was also found on a mattress owned by the suspect, police said.

Investigators have also found the partially burned charger cable and a school book believed to have belonged to the girl.