Paedophiles may be castrated and microchipped

Paedophiles in Indonesia could be castrated and microchipped under tough new laws due to be signed within days.

It comes after a 14-year-old schoolgirl was gang-raped and murdered in Sumatra last April.

Seven teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were jailed this week over the assault, while five men have been arrested and are awaiting trial, according to The Nation.

If the new legislation passes, convicted paedophiles may have microchips implanted into their ankles so they can be monitored 24/7 by police.

They could also be forced to undergo chemical castration and serve longer jail terms. The current maximum term for child sex offenders is 15 years if convicted.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has indicated his support for the law, amid calls from several political lobby groups and the Indonesian public for harsher laws to be put in place for child sex offenders.

"The microchip will be fitted before the criminals are released from prison, and is needed to monitor and locate them after they are freed.

"The decree could be signed in the coming days," said the head of the National Commission for Child Protection, Asrorun Niam Sholeh, who has been involved in discussions on the new laws.

"Chemical castration and heavier jail terms for child rapists are also among new measures that could be introduced," he said.

After a string of high-profile attacks last year, the government announced it would begin chemically castrating child sex offenders, but introduction of the punishment was delayed.

President Widodo pledged to issue the new laws as a presidential decree, for which he doesn't need the approval of the legislature.

There were less than 5,000 reported cases of sexual violence in Indonesia in 2013, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

But the true number is hard to quantify because sexual crimes often go under-reported in the South-Asian country. 

Do you think Australian paedophiles should be castrated and microchipped?

What you're saying on Facebook:

Marie Dyer: "Tattoo a number on their forehead! That way normal people in society can see them for who they are! I cannot see a microchip or if they are castrated. I want to be able to see who is living with us!"

Rebecca Thomson: "Their victims have to live with scars for the rest of their lives, so they absolutely be castrated and microchipped."

Diana Burgess: "Going to be a lot of microchipped clegy."

Patricia Rogers: "YES they should be castrated & microchipped, these ankle bracelets aren't any good they seem to be able to take them off whenever they need."

Chelcie Tamaira: "How about no rights.. Like a name register & photos available to public. . And if they do have to be released, put out to pasture next door to the parole officers that released them. Or even better. Castration, and just keeping them locked up until they die. No release. Ever."

Mick James: "In the old days growing up on the coast there was always sum predator lurking around public toilet blocks n sand dunes."

Justine Cisneros: "I'd rather see them get a bullet. You cannot rehabilitate someone who doesnt think they are doing anything wrong. And by the time there caught for their First offence they have ruined many childrens lives. I lost a friend to a paedohphile if this pedo had been given a bullet the first time he was caught instead of going to jail and then being let out, my friend wouldnt have been murdered."

Margaret Slade: "Microchipped castrated and tattooed on forehead."

Mathew Purser: "So what about the predators who don't do it out of sexual attraction but out of a psychological need for power or dominance over children, or anyone for that matter? Shortsighted populist idea without any actual insight into the issue."

Stuart Drummond: "Should be put down an taken out of the gene pool all together. They ain't right in the head to begin with."

Samantha Bell: "Cut off their hands and feet and castrate them then give them no means to get around or support or help and watch them suffer. Seems fair to me."

George Brown: "Castrating is too good for them they should locked away for the rest of there lives so they cant hurt any other children most of these people reoffend and they don't think that there is anything wrong with what they do."

Robyn Caddell: "It's been proven in the US that castration doesn't work. It's not just about sex so there has to be a different solution."

Emma Connors: "Make the prisons a place people would never want to go. Take away their rights. Death is too good for them."

Mason Steinmetz: "No, i think they should be castrated WITH a microchip."

Amy Reeve: "We put dogs to sleep for lessor reasons. Surely it would be cheaper than another band-aid solution."

Tania Livingstone: "Not good enough!! Deserve to rot in cells for the rest of their lives or hung or they can just bring back the lethal injection!!!"

Alexandra Carol Elkington: "Yes, yes, yes. Most are let off with either no sentence or a very short sentence. They are the scum of the world. Keep our children safe."

Jordan Akers: "While it sounds like a good idea. Doesn't it just open up a whole new world for the government to control people's bodies as they please."

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