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Indonesia approves castrating child rapists


Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued a regulation Wednesday that provides tougher penalties for child rapists, including chemical castration and the death penalty.

He said the administrative order is a response to increasing sexual violence against children.

“I have declared that sexual offenses against children are an extraordinary crime, because they threaten and endanger the lives of children,” Jokowi said.

“An extraordinary crime deserves an exceptional response,” he said. “Therefore, this regulation imposes heavier punishments and additional measures for the perpetrators of the violence.”

Demands for harsher punishments have increased following the rape and murder of a teenage girl by 14 men


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