INTERNATIONAL: Indonesia introduces death penalty and castration for child rapists
By Independent (UK)
May 27, 2016
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INDEPENDENT (UK) – Indonesia has introduced the death penalty and chemical castration for child rapists.
President Joko Widodo said the sanctions “intended to overcome the crisis caused by sexual violence against children”, the BBC reports.
The maximum sentence for rape, of a child or an adult, was previously 14 years in prison.
Those jailed for child sexual offences may also be electronically tagged after their release.
The change follows public outrage over rising levels of violent crimes in the past year, including the gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from school on the western island of Sumatra last April.
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