Indonesian President JOKO WIDODO has said Indonesia could “wipe out” paedophilia with its new policy of chemical castration.
He said the country respected human rights but there would be “no compromise” when it came to punishing such sexual crimes.
Indonesia passed controversial laws earlier this month authorising chemical castration for paedophiles.
The laws were subject to fierce debate in parliament.
The Indonesian Doctors Association says its members should not be involved as the procedure would violate medical ethics.
Chemical castration is the use of drugs to reduce sex drive and libido, without sterilisation or removing organs.
President WIDODO said “our constitution respects human rights, but when it comes to sexual crimes there is no compromise”.