Indonesia: Death penalty, chemical castration for child rapists
May 26, Jakarta: Indonesia has issued a regulation that provides tougher punishments for child rapists, including chemical castration and death penalty.
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said that regulation was "intended to overcome the crisis caused by sexual violence against children".
It follows outrage over several recent rape incidents including the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.
The previous regulation was the maximum sentence for rape, of either an adult or a child, was 14 years in jail.
People jailed for sexual offences against children may also now be made to wear electronic monitoring devices after their release, according to reports.
The case of Yuyun, the murdered schoolgirl in Sumatra, prompted widespread public anger.
That grew as news of other brutal attacks came to light, including local media reports of the gang-rape and murder of an 18-year-old factory worker in Banten province.
The Oslo Times