Should Herry Wirawan, The Teacher Who Raped 12 Students, Be Castrated?
December 10, 2021

The Indonesian government has issued Government Regulation no. 70 of 2020 concerning Procedures for Implementing Chemical Castration, Installation of Electronic Detection Devices, Rehabilitation, and Announcement of the Identity of Perpetrators of Sexual Violence against Children derivative of Law no. 17 of 2016 concerning Child Protection. This rule authorizes the state to impose Chemical Castration Actions for Perpetrators of Sexual Intercourse against Children, in which chemical castration is the administration of chemical substances through injection or using other methods.

Commissioner of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission Retno Lisyarti assessed that Herry Wirawan, the pesantren teacher who raped many students, could be sentenced to castration as well as imprisonment. Because quoting from Antara News, Retno said Herry had taken many victims. Retno explained that Herry Wirawan was a teacher at the Islamic boarding school where the victims were entrusted to gain knowledge. Herry can be said to be the closest person to the victims. Herry is also alleged to have sexually assaulted 12 students and was carried out several times, some of them even experienced pregnancy. Therefore, Retno considered that Herry deserved to be sentenced to 20 years in prison and castration.

Retno emphasized that in cases of sexual violence against children, the perpetrators cannot argue that they are consensual because the victim is under 18. Moreover, there is an unequal power relationship.

As already stated by VOLIX. previously, the rape case committed by Herry Wirawan had gone to court.

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