Indonesia’s introduction of the death penalty and chemical castration for child sex offenders won applause from the public Thursday, but activists warned the punishments would not serve as a deterrent.
President Joko Widodo signed a decree Wednesday introducing the tougher measures, which also included fitting monitoring devices to offenders after their release from jail, in response to public anger at the fatal gang-rape of a schoolgirl.
The 14-year-old was snatched by a group of drunken men and boys on western Sumatra island in April and was found days later in woods, tied up and naked.
The case sparked a national debate about sexual violence and as more reports of sex attacks emerged, pressure mounted on the government to take action. Read More