Indonesians back death for child abusers; activists unhappy

(From AFP)

Indonesia’s introduction of the death penalty and chemical castration for child sex offenders won applause from the public Thursday, but activists warned the punishments would not serve as a deterrent.

Indonesia has introduced the death penalty and chemical castration for child sex offenders in response to public anger at the fatal gang-rape of a schoolgirl

Indonesia has introduced death penalty and chemical castration for child sex offenders in response to public anger at the fatal gang-rape of a schoolgirl

President Joko Widodo signed a decree Wednesday introducing the tougher measures, which also included fitting monitoring devices to offenders after their release from jail, in response to public anger at the fatal gang-rape of a schoolgirl.

The 14-year-old was snatched by a group of drunken men and boys on western Sumatra island in April and was found days later in woods, tied up and naked.

The case sparked a national debate about sexual violence and as more reports of sex attacks emerged, pressure mounted on the government to take action. Read More



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