Indonesia child commission demands harsher punishment for child abusers

The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) have encouraged law enforcers to hand out stronger punishment for child sex offenders.

According to KPAI data, the number of child abuse cases began to decrease soon after the Attorney General's Office (AGO) expressed the desire to impose chemical castration as an additional punishment for convicted child sex abusers last year.

KPAI head Asrorun Ni'am Sholeh said on Tuesday that even though such a punishment remained at the public discourse level, it could generate a deterrent effect.

"Even as a proposed plan it had already reduced the number of cases, but unfortunately the law has not yet been implemented," he said on Tuesday as quoted by

Asrorun reminded President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo of a promise he had made in October on the agreement of harsher punishment for violators in the prevention and handling of child abuse cases.

KPAI urged for the realisation of these plans as soon as possible.

Asrorun conveyed to the President that the commission's plan this year would be focused on the prevention of child abuse.

He said harsher penalties should be created in coordination with law enforcement, police, prosecutors and judges to give optimal protection for child victims.

The commission also called for the protection of child violators by way of restorative mechanism as stipulated in the 2012 Juvenile Criminal Justice.

Asrorun added that both the family and the government are equally important in the prevention of child abuse, adding that both needed to strengthen their roles to prevent violent behaviour against children and also protect them with regard to exposure to radicalism.

"Children have the right of religious protection as part of their basic rights. When children show indication of having been exposed to inappropriate teachings, the government must protect them," he added.