Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) pushes for inclusion of sexual torture as a sexual violence crime under the Crime of Sexual Violence Law (UU TPKS) or Law No. 12 of 2022.

Moreover, Komnas Perempuan strives to ensure that the Criminal Code Bill (RUU KUHP) also contains more stringent punishment for torturers, Chief of Komnas Perempuan Andy Yentriyani stated.

Komnas Perempuan also routinely held campaigns, especially in relation to International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, she noted during the "25 Years of CAT Convention Ratification in Indonesia" event streamed online, Wednesday.

The commission also urged people to oppose death penalty and other physical punishments, such as caning in Aceh as well as castration of perpetrators of sexual violence against children.

According to Yentriyani, the issue of torture has emerged ever since the New Order period that encouraged Indonesia to ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

This became one of the early legal products after the reformation period arrived through Law No. 5 of 1998, she pointed out.

The commitment to opposing torture is also emphasized through the constitutional amendment, so freedom from torture became a constitutional right that cannot be violated under any conditions, she affirmed.

In a bid to oppose torture, the commission also initiated the formation of the Cooperation to Prevent Torture (KuPP) along with four other government institutions.

These comprise the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), National Child Protection Commission (KPAI), Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) and Ombudsman of the Republic of Indonesia (ORI).

Moreover, the commission continues to prevent and handle torture through mechanisms at the national and international levels, specifically those related to the efforts to eradicate all forms of violence against women.

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