Earlier this week, news surfaced of SC Johnson billionaire Samuel Curtis receiving a four-month prison sentence for sexually abusing his 12-year-old stepdaughter for three years. Understandably, activists were upset by the news, especially since the lenient sentence was a result of his affluent ties.
If Johnson had received the punishment reserved for child rapists in Indonesia, however, the world would have likely been too happy with with the reprimand received for his heinous crime.
As it is, only Indonesia seems to have a real understanding of the trauma inflicted upon young children when they’re sexually abused – or a delicious sense of justice. This was made clear when the president of Indonesia decreed a new law which punishes child sex abusers with chemical castration and/or death.
The law came to be after a 14-year-old girl was brutally raped by a gang and found murdered in a forest on the island of Sumatra. When the victim was discovered, she was naked and tied up. Seven teenagers have since been jailed for 10 years.
It is because President Joko Widodo does not think lightly of sexually abusing a child that he signed the serious punishment into law. He told journalists:
“Sexual violence against children, as I have said, is an extraordinary crime. We hope that this law will be a deterrent for offenders and can suppress sexual crimes against children.”
“These crimes have undermined the development of children, and these crimes have disturbed our sense of peace, security and public order. So, we will handle it in an extraordinary way,” he added.