Indonesia is considering a new bill that will require all rapists and child sex offenders to be implanted with RFID chips to track them after they leave prison for the rest of their lives
The Indonesian government is keen to enforce a new law that will require all rapists and child sex offenders to be implanted with radio frequency identification RFID microchips that will track them 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the rest of their lives after they are released from prison.
Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir told Indonesian TV channel Berita Satu that the government is interested in using RFID microchips to track offenders, but it is still waiting for the House of Representatives to vote on bringing into law a new Regulation on Sexual Violence against Children.
The new bill will make sexual violence against children punishable by 20 years in prison, and convicts will be required either to be tracked by RFID or submit to chemical castration.
Nasir added that the RFID chips would ideally need to be bulk produced locally in Indonesia, and to that end, the government has been in talks with Politeknik Negeri Batam Batam Polytechnic , which has a laboratory that manufactures microchips.
The horrific case rocked the country and although local media initially did not publicise the case at all, public outage led to a viral Twitter campaign Nyala untuk Yuyun Candles for Yuyun with more than 23,000 retweets, and activists galvanised the public to join protests held outside the presidential palace in Jakarta on 4 May.
Sexual violence is an emergency issue in Indonesia, but most people don't care about it.