President Joko Widodo is set to issue a regulation in lieu of law which stipulates a harsher sanction for anyone who commits sexual violence against children, which will involve injecting a hormone to reduce libido and sexual activity, in an attempt to minimise the chances of re-offending, Xinhua news agency reported.
"The president has agreed to include imposing chemical castration in the regulation in lieu of law which also stipulates sexual abuse against children as an extraordinary crime," said Aris Merdeka Sirait, the commission's head.
Extraordinary crimes in Indonesia include drug abuse, corruption and terrorism.
Indonesia has witnessed a string of headline-grabbing cases of child sex assault in recent years with many of them involving serial pedophiles.
One of them is a travesty of justice resulting in a Canadian teacher being jailed for 11 years with absolutely no evidence against him. Is Neil Bantleman in danger of being treated with these chemicals? Nothing seems below the dignity of the Indonesian courts. It would be an absolute travesty for Indonesia to start castrating child sex offenders when its justice system is such an abysmal failure.
Malaysia and India recently announced that they also considered similar measures against repeat sexual offenders and convicted rapists, but South Korea was the first Asian country to permit the punishment in 2011.
Russia, Poland and some states in the US have long allowed such treatment.