Rejang Lebong Police officers brought six of seven underage suspects to the Rejang Lebong police station when they were holding a closed meeting with the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise, at Rejalebong Regency, Bengkulu (5/5). (ANTARA)
By: Eka Martiana Wulansari, S.H., M.H. *)
The increasing sexual abuse cases against children has made the government find a way to make the perpetrators regret. According to the national survey result, 6.36% boys and 6.28% girls with the age of 18-24, and 8.3% boys and 4.11% girls with the age of 13-17 are victims of sexual abuse.
It is the government's duty to protect children from social crimes that could give a bad impact to the victims. The government is very serious in fighting child abuse, particularly sexual abuse. Therefore, the government has considered making the perpetrators of sexual abuse against children regret, and the government will give heavier punishments for the perpetrators. The perpetrators would get chemical castration.
The Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection still studying and arranging the draft regulation for chemical castration punishment with other ministries. The Ministry of Legal and Human Rights has also agreed with the chemical castration punishment. According to the Legal and Human Rights Minister, Yasonna Laoly, sexual abuse against children would break the victims' future and the moral of the nation. Therefore, the study of the government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) should be conducted immediately.
Indonesia still doesn't have a particular law that regulates about the punishment for sexual abuse against children. The Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Susana Yembise, asserted that the chemical castration punishment for perpetrators of sexual abuse against children will be studied to avoid a conflict among the public. The government will study many aspects, starting from psychology, biology, religion, and culture.
The Minister of Social Affairs, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, also stated that the draft regulation arrangement for chemical castration punishment would keep going and currently processed. The chemical castration punishment is included in the Perppu.
The purpose of the chemical castration punishment for perpetrators of sexual abuse against children is to make the punishment for them heavier. Besides that, chemical castration is also a remedy for perpetrators to make them realize what they've done. If the perpetrators couldn't control their libido, it would cause more victims.
Chemical castration punishment is still controversial among the public. Moreover, Indonesia never punishes any criminals with chemical castration, although chemical castration is common in some developed countries.
*) Writer is a Lawmaker for Politics, Legal, and Human Rights Division, the House of Representatives Specialist Staff Division, and a Lecturer of Law Faculty in Pamulang University (UNPAM)