Death Penalty Call for Alleged Child Rapist Reignites Capital Punishment Debate – Fri Jan 14, 2022

Nur Janti (The Jakarta Post)

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Jakarta ●
Fri, January 14, 2022

Although several government officials have expressed support for prosecutors’ request for the death penalty for a ponderren (Islamic boarding school) teacher accused of raping his students, activists have questioned the deterrent effect of the death penalty in sexual abuse cases.

The indictment became the latest case to spark debate over the effectiveness of capital punishment in Indonesia, which is often given to drug convicts and has long been questioned by rights activists as it does not appear to not deter others from committing similar crimes.

Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded that the panel of judges at Banding District Court in West Java sentence Herry Wirawan, the defendant in the case, to death for alleged rape and child abuse, a crime punishable under Child Protection Act 2016.

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