Wi­dodo: In­done­sia Cas­tra­tion Law ‘Will Wipe Out Pae­dophilia’

The laws were sub­ject to fierce debate in par­lia­ment

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In­done­sia could “wipe out” pae­dophilia with its new pol­icy of chem­i­cal cas­tra­tion, Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo has told the BBC. He said In­done­sia re­spected hu­man rights but there would be “no com­pro­mise” when it came to pun­ish­ing such sex­ual crimes.

In­done­sia passed con­tro­ver­sial laws ear­lier this month au­tho­ris­ing chem­i­cal cas­tra­tion for pae­dophiles.

The laws were sub­ject to fierce debate in par­lia­ment. The In­done­sian Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion says its mem­bers should not be in­volved as the pro­ce­dure would vi­o­late med­i­cal ethics.

Chem­i­cal cas­tra­tion is the use of drugs to re­duce sex drive and li­bido, without ster­il­i­sa­tion or re­mov­ing or­gans. Pres­i­dent Wi­dodo said “our con­sti­tu­tion re­spects hu­man rights, but when it comes to sex­ual crimes there is no com­pro­mise”. “We are strong and we will be very firm. We will hand out the max­i­mum penalty for sex­ual crimes.” He added: “In my opin­ion… chem­i­cal cas­tra­tion, if we en­force it con­sis­tently, will re­duce sex crimes and wipe them out over time.” BBC

Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo

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