Alleged Child Rapist Charged with Death Penalty

Diana Mariska
Alleged child rapist Herry Wirawan (Photo: ANTARA/HO-Kejati Jawa Barat)
Alleged child rapist Herry Wirawan (Photo: ANTARA/HO-Kejati Jawa Barat) - A man in West Java who allegedly raped at least 13 of his female students has been charged with death penalty by prosecutors.

Chief of West Java High Court Asep N. Mulyana said the charge is based on the severity of the crime, which also resulted in some of the victims becoming pregnant.

“First, we charge the defendant with death penalty, as part of our commitment to create a deterrent effect,” Mulyana said in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday, January 11.

In addition, prosecutors also want defendant Herry Wirawan to pay a Rp500 million (US$35,700) fine and Rp331 million restitution to his victims, aside from chemical castration and a request to the court to make his identity be made public.

Besides creating the emotional and physical trauma experienced by the victims, prosecutors condemned the use of religious symbols by Wirawan to threat his students.

As previously reported, Herry Wirawan, owner and teacher of an Islamic boarding school in Bandung, West Java, raped at least 13 students who were studying in his pesantren in the span of five year. Some of the victims became pregnant and gave birth to nine babies.

Several figures have expressed their views on the death penalty charge. Professor at State Islamic University (UIN) Datokarama Palu, Central Sulawesi, said death penalty is an appropriate charge considering the damages Wirawan caused to victims and their future.

“Now they’ve lost their futures when they could actually become the future of this country,” Sagaf S. Petalongi said on Wednesday.

However, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) warned the Indonesian government and law enforcers to be very careful before ruling a death penalty because the decision will be closely monitored globally.

“It might be observed by the United Nations or the international world because Indonesia is one of the countries that still have death penalty,” Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara told Antara on Thursday.

Even though capital punishment has been suspended in Indonesia under a moratorium, Hapsara warned the government to always be cautious and critical in handling a case with potential death penalty, particularly considering the fact that Indonesia has ratified the UN’s Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Tag # child rapist # sexual violence # child sexual abuse # national commission on human rights # islamic boarding school # west java # death penalty

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