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Indonesian prosecutors have demanded that Herry Wirawan, 36, be sentenced to death and chemical castration.
Raped 13 students
Herry is a teacher and founder of an Islamic boarding school in Bandung, Indonesia, which raped 13 students.
This happened when some of the students were only 13 years old.
He had been doing so for five years, from 2016 to 2021.
These incidents apparently occurred in the school, hotels and apartments.
It is believed that he had used school donations to pay for these hotels.
Majority of victims from poor families
According to Diah Kurniasari of the Integrated Center for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (P2TP2A), the majority of victims come from poor families.
Some of their relatives are odd jobs or farmers, she added.
Due to their financial background, these students attended the school for free.
At least seven of the students were impregnated by him and gave birth to eight babies.
Wife brainwashed, help take care of babies
Harry is married and has three children with his wife.
According to a representative of the central office of the High Prosecutor, Asep N. Mulyana, Herry’s wife caught him committing indecent acts with one of the victims.
When she suspected one of the victims’ babies was hers, Herry apparently told his wife to mind her own business.
Asep added that his wife also helped take care of the victims’ children.
He also said it appears she was afraid to report her husband because she had been “brainwashed”.
Urged to the death penalty and chemical castration
On January 11, prosecutors from the West Java Prosecutor’s Office requested that Herry be sentenced to death, deeming his misdeeds a “serious crime”.
Prosecutors also accused Herry of paying a fine of 500 million rupees (S$46,967) and restitution costs of 331 million rupees (S$31,090) each to the victims.
Prosecutors urged the judge to impose additional sentences, including chemical castration.
Chemical castration involves the administration of anaphrodisiac drugs that lower testosterone levels.
In 2016, the Indonesian parliament passed the law authorizing the chemical castration of child rapists for up to two years.
The law also requires that the offender be publicly named and be provided with an electronic tracking device.
In January 2021, Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed a government regulation that provides guidelines on sanction mechanisms.
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