New laws passed by the Indonesian parliament mean that paedophiles can be chemically castrated or executed.
Repeat offenders and those who abuse family members will now face ten to 20 years in jail. Courts can also order their chemical castration and tagging.
Judges will be able sentence offenders who murder their victims or leave them with permanent physical or psychological trauma, or give them a sexually transmitted disease, to be executed.
Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian country to use chemical castration on sex offenders. Others include Poland, Russia and South Korea.
The changes in the law were prompted by the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl Yuyun in Sumatra by a gang of 12 men and boys in May. Her body was found in woods, tied up and naked. Seven teenagers, aged 16 and 17, were jailed for playing a part in the horrific attack.
Indonesia is also a hotspot for Western paedophiles, with more than 100 sex criminals caught travelling to the country since 2014 from Australia alone.
The new laws were welcomed by child protection advocates, but doctors and human rights activists have questioned its effectiveness.
National Commission for Child Protection chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait said the law would put a smile on the faces of children across Indonesia.
“Finally those who have fallen victim will get to see their abusers justly punished and those who could be future victims are finally protected,” he told The Australian.
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