Demonstrators from #SisterInDanger before the House of Representatives building in Jakarta, Wednesday (11/5), are seen demonstrating to demand the enactment of the Bill on Sexual Crimes. (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Sexual violence crimes has been prevalent in Indonesia lately with 14 male raping a junior high school student in Bengkulu being one of the latest cases that has triggered public anger.
The government is taking action, with President Joko Widodo quickly holding a closed meeting at the State Palace on Wednesday afternoon (11/5) to punish sexual criminals with emasculation and implanting a microchip into their body.
"The closed meeting discussed sexual crime on children and concluded that the government will issue a government in lieu of law (Perppu) that will give additional punishments to the principle punishment of 20 years," said Puan Maharani, the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture.
Furthermore, the identity of the perpetrators will be published in the media.
"The additional punishments will be emasculation and a microchip installed into their body. Their identity will be exposed. This shows the President’s commitment in viewing sexual violence as an extraordinary crime. We curse sexual violence and intend to create a deterrent effect," Puan said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Human Rights Yasonna Laoly said the emasculation punishment will be performed through chemical injection while the microchip will be installed into the perpetrator’s body after he has finished his jail sentence.
"The decision whether to give the emasculation punishment will be determined by the judge. If the judge sees that the pedophile has committed the crime more than once, he can impose the penalty," he said.
The bill will be submitted to the House of Representatives soon to be discussed.
Not everyone is in agreement with the initiative. Human rights activists from Aliansi 99 said the bill focuses too much on the perpetrators.
"The bill does not mention the victim, not even once. The government is looking in the wrong direction," said Anggara Suwahju, a spokesperson for Aliansi 99, Wednesday (11/5).
According to him, every year, less than 3 percent of sexual crime victims have received medical and psychological help. (dtc)