Indonesian President Joko Widodo Defends Chemical Castration Of Paedophiles
Indonesia’s new policy authorising chemical castration “will wipe out” sex crimes including paedophilia, President Joko Widodo told the BBC on Tuesday, October 19, 2016.
The government of Indonesia passed the controversial law earlier this month – ratifying chemical castration for paedophiles, in a bid to curb sexual violence against children.
Speaking with BBC, President Widodo maintained that Indonesia respected human rights but there would be no compromise when it came to punishing sexual crimes.
“We are strong and we will be very firm. We will hand out the maximum penalty for sexual crimes.” He said.
The president added: “In my opinion … chemical castration, if we enforce it consistently, will reduce sex crimes and wipe them out over time.”
The policies were subject to fierce debate in the country’s parliament, with the Indonesian Doctors Association saying its members would not be involved as the procedure would violate medical ethics.
Penalties under the new law include death as a maximum sentence and chemical castration, with a possible addition of a two-year maximum jail sentence.
Upon asking about the ban of the members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for the position of new youth ambassador, the 55-year-old president said there was no discrimination against minorities, but he added:
“We are the world’s largest Muslim nation and we have religious norms. You have to remember that and know that. We have social norms.”
Chemical castration is the use of drugs to reduce sex drive and libido, without sterilisation or removing organs.