House of Reps decide punishment for rapists

House of Reps
Plenary section of the House of Representative members. (Pics credit: Pulse Ng.)

House of Reps members on Thursday June 4, voted en massè against castration as capital punishment for people convicted of rape.

Reps member, James Faleke made the suggestion in a plenary section on the increasing number of sexual violence against women particularly the rape and murder of two girls in Oyo and Edo states recently.

The House of Reps members pointed out that “weak institutions, poor enforcement, poverty and unacceptable social practices” are part of the reasons for sexual violence against women.

According to them, Many Nigerian women equally suffer sexual harassment and brutality in the hands of security agencies apart from rape.

Gbajabiamila also asked what would happen to an older female who rapes a younger male. This generated noise in the chamber.

Debating the motion brought forward, the lawmakers condemned the increasing cases of rape in the country which they described as the most common form of violence against women.

But they voted against castration of rapists as an amendment to the motion, the lawmakers called for more severe penalties against persons found guilty of rape.

They equally advised the federal government to launch a more effective campaign against rape and other forms of sexual violence against women.

Recently, Uwaila Omozuwa, a student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), was raped while reading inside a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Benin city while Barakat Bello, 18-year-old was raped and murdered in her home.

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