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Jokowi issues provisions on chemical castration for child rapists

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 6, 2021   /  02:01 pm
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School children take part in a peaceful rally to call for greater state protection on the rights of Indonesian children in Semarang, Central Java, in December 2015.(Tempo/-)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed off on a government regulation that provides guidelines on a mechanism for the chemical castration of convicted child rapists, after the House of Representative passed a law authorizing the punishment in 2016. The regulation, inked by Jokowi on Dec. 7, also details other forms of punishment for convicted child sex offenders, such as publicly revealing the offenders’ identity and electronically monitoring offenders through implanted chips after their release from prison. Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said the regulation would provide legal certainty on punishments against child sex offenders and claimed it would greatly benefit the public. "The government regulation actually benefits Indonesian citizens a lot, as it provides certainty in non-judicial efforts to curb [sexual assault against minors]," he sai...