Indonesia has formulated a new law that ponders on the possibility of implanting microchips on all child rapists to make sure they are monitored all the time.
The legislation has been drafted following the public’s demand for the establishment of brutal punishment for rapists after a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and murdered by a drunken group of men. In April, the girl was attacked while she was returning home from school on Sumatra’s western island. Her body was recovered three days after the incident, naked and tied up in woods.
According to The Star, seven teens of ages 16 and 17 were imprisoned this week while five men were arrested and are waiting for the case’s trial. The matter did not come into focus until activists started posting the details on social media. As a result of this, the Indonesian public has demanded a severe punishment for rapists who move around streets fearlessly.
The new law also advocates the imposition of chemical castration for rapists and accused pedophiles. President Joko Widodo has promised to introduce tougher laws and punishments for those convicted of the crimes. A spokesman from the justice ministry has confirmed that the implantation of microchips is being considered at the moment.
The National Commission for Child Protection’s head Asrorun Niam Sholeh has played a vital role in the drafting of the new Indonesian law. “The microchip will be fitted before the criminals are released from prison, and is needed to monitor and locate them after they are freed,” she said as quoted by the Digital Journal. “The decree could be signed in the coming days. Chemical castration and heavier jail terms for child rapists are also among new measures that could be introduced.”
Many activists have come forward to raise their voice against the casual dealing of the child rapists or any sexual assaulter. Perempuan Mahardhika group’s Lathiefah Widuri Retyaningtyas, on the other hand, criticised the chemical castration plans. “Even in countries where chemical castration has been implemented, questions have been raised about whether or not it works as a deterrent,” he said. “Castration is not a solution. We believe that it will extend the chain of sexual abuse because it is also a form of sexual torture.”