Indonesia President defends 'chemical castration' of paedophiles
A series of tough punishments for child sex offenders were introduced in May by Widodo through an emergency decree. Photograph: (Getty)
Asserting that there can be "no compromise" when it comes to tackling sex crimes, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has defended the introduction of chemical castration for pedophiles in an interview published today.
"Our constitution respects human rights, but when it comes to sexual crimes there is no compromise," he told BBC, adding that the government "will hand out the maximum penalty" for such crimes.
A series of tough punishments for child sex offenders were introduced in May by Widodo through an emergency decree, including chemical castration and the death penalty, AFP reported. The decision followed an outcry over the fatal gang-rape of a schoolgirl.
Last week, the Parliament voted to put the new regulations permanently on the statute book.
"In my opinion... chemical castration, if we enforce it consistently, will reduce sex crimes and wipe them out over time," he has been quoted as saying in the interview.
It's pertinent to mention that chemical castration involves using drugs to reduce libido and sex drive.
According to AFP, Indonesia is among a small group of places worldwide which use the measure, including Poland and some states in the USA. South Korea became the first Asian country to legalise the treatment in 2011.
(WION with inputs from AFP)