The harsh new law, which could be signed within days, follows the horrific gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old schoolgirl
Child rapists could soon be castrated and microchipped under a tough new law.
The draft law, which could be signed in Indonesia within days, follows the horrific gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old schoolgirl.
Under the legislation, convicted paedophiles may have microchips implanted into their ankles so they can be monitored 24/7 by police .
They might also be forced to undergo chemical castration and serve longer jail terms (the current maximum term for child rapists is 15 years).
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has given his consent for the harsh new law, which aims to prevent the sexual abuse of children across the country, AFP reports.
A justice ministry spokesman confirmed that microchips and chemical castration are among the measures under consideration for child rapists and paedophiles.
“The microchip will be fitted before the criminals are released from prison, and is needed to monitor and locate them after they are freed,” said Asrorun Niam Sholeh, head of government-backed child rights group, the National Commission for Child Protection (NCCP).
A decree to introduce the new laws could be signed this week, he told AFP. NCCP, based in Jakarta, has been involved in drafting the new law.
It comes as seven teenagers have been jailed over the schoolgirl’s widely-publicised gang-rape and murder on the island of Sumatra last month.
The victim was found dead, tied up and naked in woodland, three days after the attack.
Five other men are awaiting trial over the brutal incident.