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Indonesian Doctors Refuse to Castrate Child-Sex Convict

[benarnews.org – 8/27/19]

The association representing medical doctors in Indonesia said Tuesday it would refuse to take part in chemically castrating the first convict sentenced to such punishment under the country’s toughened up child-protection laws against pedophiles.

In May, a court in East Java province’s Mojokerta regency found Muh Aris bin Syukur guilty of sexually abusing nine children, including girls as young as 7, between 2015 and 2018, and sentenced him to 12 years in prison. The judges, in a landmark ruling, ordered that he be chemically castrated to prevent him from committing similar offenses.

The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) said it would have no role in the castration, even though such corporal punishment was sanctioned under amendments to child-protection laws in 2016.

“We believe that child sex offenders should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but we cannot administer castrations because doing so will violate our oath to uphold the medical profession’s code of ethics,” Pudjo Hartono, who heads IDI’s professional development council, told BenarNews.

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  1. Dustin

    “Other countries that have chemical castration have not seen a reduction in sexual crimes against children,” Azriana, the head of Komnas Perempuan, told BBC News.

    Since when does that matter?

    • Will Allen

      It doesn’t matter. And it wouldn’t matter if it increased crimes like the Registries do. People just want to feel good. That is what matters.

    • C

      Yea, get out of here with all that factual mumbo jumbo!

  2. Jack

    Let’s just be glad the doctors are still ethical there. Heaven knows the doctors here aren’t.

  3. Rso wife

    I’m going to commend the doctors for upholding to their code of ethics. I wish more doctors would uphold to the Hippocratic oath.

  4. NoName

    In related news.
    The Most Critical Option
    https://sandiegohistory.org/journal/1989/october/most/

    For in 1938 (Judge) L. N. Turrentine began offering the option of voluntary castration coupled with long terms of probation to men convicted of sex offenses.3 The vast majority of those men who took advantage of the program were convicted under Section 288 of the California Penal Code* and the alternative to castration for them was clearly a long prison sentence.

    And another thing, note the long prison sentence for 288. And note this false article at the LA Times:

    Girl’s Molestation, Murder in 1949 Prompted Tougher Laws
    By Cecilia Rasmussen
    Aug. 29, 2004 12 AM
    Times Staff Writer

    As hard as it is to believe in this era of concern about protecting children, until 1950 molesting a child was a misdemeanor in California. The molestation and murder of 6-year-old Linda Joyce Glucoft changed all that.

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-aug-29-me-then29-story.html

    This lie perpetually published by the Los Angeles Times since 2004 because the sentence was actually 1 to life, which made it a life term. Not a misdemeanor. Sheesh.

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