Child sex abuse in Indonesia now punishable by chemical castration

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said there had been a significant increase in cases of sexual violence against children.

Story highlights

  • Chemical castration is the use of drugs to reduce libido or sexual activity
  • Pedophiles could be forced to wear ankle monitors

(CNN)Child sex abuse is now punishable by death and chemical castration in Indonesia after its president on Wednesday issued a new law following the brutal gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

The battered body of the victim was discovered, naked and tied up, in a forest on the island of Sumatra after she was attacked by a group of teenagers in April. Seven offenders have been jailed for 10 years.
"Sexual violence against children, as I have said, is an extraordinary crime," President Joko Widodo told journalists, according to a statement.
    "We hope that this law will be a deterrent for offenders and can suppress sexual crimes against children," Widodo said, also tweeting the news on his official account.