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Reps reject castration as punishment for rapists

Reps reject castration as punishment for rapists

The House of Representatives members on Thursday June 4, has rejected castration as punishment for people guilty of rape.



Hon James Faleke made the opinion during a debate on the motion of the increased sexual violence against women particularly the rape and murder of two female student in Oyo state and Edo states recently.

The lawmakers who identified 'weak institutions, poor enforcement, poverty and unacceptable social practices' as part of the reasons for sexual violence against women, rejected Faleke's opinion when the Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila
subjected it to a voice vote.

Gbajabiamila also asked what would happen to a female who rapes a younger male. This brought out serious debate in the chamber.

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

They also added to the rape cases, Nigerian women also suffer harassment and brutality in the hands of security agencies.

Although the lawmakers voted against castration of rapists as a purnishment to the motion, they called for stiffer penalties against persons found guilty of rape.

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

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