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Indonesia to introduce chemical castration for paedophiles

Attorn­ey-Genera­l Muhamm­ad Praset­yo says It would be carrie­d out by inject­ing paedop­hiles with female hormon­es



JAKARTA: Indonesia will begin chemically castrating convicted paedophiles  in an effort to combat child sex abuse, an official said, after a string of high-profile attacks.

“(It) will make people think a thousand times before committing such crimes,” Attorney-General Muhammad Prasetyo said late on Tuesday after the move was agreed at a cabinet meeting led by President Joko Widodo.

Suffer little children

“This crime is extraordinary and there have been so many victims.” He said the punishment would be authorised soon through a presidential directive, which means it will automatically become law without parliament having to vote on it.

It would be carried out by injecting paedophiles with female hormones, he said.

Indonesia joins a small group of places that use chemical castration against child sex offenders, including Poland and some states in the US. In 2011, South Korea became the first Asian country to legalise the punishment.

Indonesia has been shocked by a series of high-profile child sex attacks. The most recent case was the kidnap, rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl.

Paedophile suspect sent on judicial remand

Her body was discovered stuffed in a cardboard box in the capital Jakarta earlier this month, and an autopsy revealed that she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted.

Under current laws, child sex abuse is punishable by 15 years in jail but in many cases paedophiles have been handed short sentences.

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