Jayapura, Jubi – The Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise, urged the Provincial Government to launch a campaign for the use of chemical castration to punish male perpetrators committed the sexual abuse against women and children.
The castration penalty for male perpetrators was endorsed by the President Joko Widodo following the raise of violence against women and children in Indonesia.
“In recent limited meeting with the President Joko Widodo, he wanted the decisive action for male perpetrators of sexual abuse against women and children, that is castration,” she said on Wednesday (22/10/2015).
The Minister Yembise explained the penalty would be conducted in several ways, by injection for example.
“The castration penalty was once rejected because it is a human right violation, but the president responded it by saying the rights of women and children also need to be protected, thus the penalty must still be done,” she said.
In addition to castration by injection, Yembise said, the mail perpetrators of sexual abuse against women and children could also get up to life in prison.
“Some restricted punishments have started to be given to sexual abusers, but I also expect the President Joko Widodo would approve the Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) on Women and Child Protection,” said Yembise.
She further said if Perppu or Inpres (President’s Decree) was materialized, the rights of women and children could be protected and the Task Force under Women Empowerment and Child Protection (P3A) can work forcefully on the ground.
“Along with this regulation, the women and children Task Force can work more forcefully,” she said. (Alexander Loen/rom)